Wolfsburg director Hans-Gerd Bode has backed coach Valerien Ismael and dismissed growing speculation his club are set to appoint Huddersfield’s David Wagner this winter.
Reports in England and Germany, including the Bild newspaper andKicker magazine, claim the Bundesliga club have held talks with Wagner about him replacing Ismael during the league’s winter break.
However, Bode says this is not a view held by Wolfsburg’s board of directors.
“We have a coach who is currently showing that he can give this team new direction,” he told Germany’s DPA agency.
“Last weekend’s result shows that the team has taken up the fight. We are playing Gladbach on Tuesday and nothing is going to happen to the coach either before or after that game.”
Ismael was angered by the persistent speculation about his future at the weekend, snapping at reporters during the post-match press conference after a 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
He said: “It’s just getting on my nerves. If we lose a game then there are questions about my future – but they come even when we win a game.”