What can Huddersfield Town fans expect from new boss Jan Siewert?

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 22 January 2019, 09:45

Jan Siewert has followed in the footsteps of former Borussia Dortmund II managers David Wagner and Daniel Farke after leaving the German club in order to make a name for himself in English football.

Siewert, like Wagner, has opted to settle in Yorkshire with Huddersfield Town after signing a two-and-a-half-year contract through to the summer of 2021.

The young boss, 36, certainly has his work cut out with the Terriers rooted to the foot of the table; 10 points adrift of safety, following a meagre return of 11 points from 23 matches - winning only twice.

He now has a week to get to grips with his new surroundings ahead of next Tuesday’s clash at home to Marco Silva’s stuttering Everton, who have lost five of their last seven Premier League matches, coming away empty-handed in four of their last five away trips.

Huddersfield will hope they’ve plucked out another gem in Siewert who had been working at the helm of Dortmund’s youth academy since the summer of 2017, with his troops finishing 4th last season, while he now leaves them in the same position in the table.

He’s previously worked as a coach at Germany's Under-17s and U18s teams, managed fourth-tier club side Rot-Weiss Essen, along with the VfL Bochum U19s.

"We enjoyed tremendous success under our previous head coach, David Wagner, and we've subsequently appointed a new head coach that bears many similarities to him; a young, aspirational German from Borussia Dortmund II,” said Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle.

"However, that does a disservice to Jan, who is his own man. There is much more to this appointment than that," while he went on to say:

"His reputation in the game is very good. He's known as a coach who is ambitious, has many qualities and who has strong philosophies. As such, it came as no surprise to us when he moved to one of the world's biggest clubs, Borussia Dortmund."

So what style of football can Huddersfield fans expect?

Hoyle stated that the club were attracted to Siewert because of his “high-effort, high-intensity, high-pressing football that is good to watch," and fans will be hoping his appointment will boost the club’s attacking threat, having notably struggled in this area so far this season, scoring a league-low 13 goals.

Siewert, who has never played or managed in England, will be tasked with keeping the Terriers in the top-flight, although in a Sack Race poll, only 93% of Twitter voters believe that the club are doomed for relegation.


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