Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Now That's the Way to Do It - What Magpies Can Learn FROMTERRIERs

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Now That's the Way to Do It - What Magpies Can Learn FROMTERRIERs

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Byline: ANDREW MUSGROVE Sports Writer andrew.musgrave@reacjplc.com

OVER in West Yorkshire things are looking quite rosy.

Huddersfield Town have their in-demand head coach David Wagner tied down to a newlysigned long-term deal and have already broken their transfer record.

Wagner had been linked to Leicester City and Chelsea in the weeks that followed the club securing Premier League safety.

With his deal running until the summer of 2019, Huddersfield's hierarchy moved quickly to get him to sign a new contract until 2021.

This was followed this week by the signing of Terence Kongolo from Monaco - his arrival, although at an undisclosed fee, was a new record for the Terriers.

Wagner had broken the previous one last summer when he splashed PS11.5m on Steve Mounie.

Upon penning his new deal, Wagner said: "We still have a lot of work to do as we adapt to life in the Premier League, but this club and its people have the ambition, desire and attitude to take this challenge on."

Meanwhile 125 miles up the A1, things are little less clear at Newcastle United.

Manager Rafa Benitez has used similar words at Newcastle United - 'ambition' and 'desire' but is still waiting for an answer on his longterm future.

Like Wagner previously, Benitez has just 12 months left on his contract. Discussions between representatives of the Spaniard and the club have taken place but have hit something of a stalemate.

Benitez has spoken about ambition but instead of being in a position to say the owner and he are on the same page, he has been left questioning whether this is the case.

Now a month after the season ended, things are no clearer. With each passing day, Benitez's questioning of the Mike Ashley's desire carriers more weight.

The lack of action creates an instability which is not good for Newcastle. It impacts Benitez, the fans, the current players as well as those targeted by the club this summer. …

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