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Report: Championship club confident of fending off Aston Villa advances in managerial star

By Will Butcher

Huddersfield Town are confident that David Wagner will snub Aston Villa and remain as manager of the club, according to a report.

Villa are looking to replace axed manager Roberto Di Matteo, after owner Tony Xia dismissed the Italian on the back a dismal run of just one win in 12 league and cup encounters.

However, the Yorkshire Post claim that the Championship’s league leaders are confident their 44-year-old manager will stay in charge at the John Smith’s Stadium.

It is said that there has been no contact between the Championship rivals for the services of the former Borussia Dortmund assistant manager, who worked under Jurgen Klopp.

Wagner is just one of a number of candidates being touted as Di Matteo’s replacement, with the likes of Steve Bruce, Brentford’s Dean Smith and Bristol City’s Lee Johnson all being rumoured to replace the former Champions League winning manager.

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A return for former boss Tim Sherwood is also on the cards, with many fans welcoming the idea of the passionate manager returning to Villa Park.

Wagner, 44, took over at Huddersfield in November 2015 and guided the Yorkshire giants to safety from the Championship drop zone.

However, this season has been a completely different story. Eight wins from 11 Championship games sees his side sit two points clear, with the second best defence in the league.

Only eight goals have been conceded by Wagner’s side, as they sit two points clear of rivals Norwich, with Newcastle and Brighton in third and fourth position.

In other Aston Villa news, this manager has also been ruled out as succeeding Di Matteo.