Jan Siewert has been named as Huddersfield’s new manager following last week’s departure of David Wagner by mutual consent.
Siewert was in charge of Borussia Dortmund’s under-23s, the same role Wagner occupied at the Bundesliga club before he joined Huddersfield in 2015.
Here, Football Paradise looks at five other things we know about the 36-year-old.
Following in hallowed footsteps
Siewert was installed as Dortmund’s second-team coach in the summer of 2017 as a replacement for Daniel Farke, who had left to take charge of Norwich. Farke had succeeded Wagner in the role and Siewert would become the fourth Dortmund coach to leave the club for a job in England following Jurgen Klopp’s appointment at Liverpool in October 2015.
Rejected QPR advances
QPR were reported in Germany to have made an approach for Siewert following Ian Holloway’s departure last summer, but the German turned the Sky Bet Championship club down. “I have received an incredible appreciation from BVB. My task here is not finished yet,” Siewert was quoted as saying by sports magazine Reviersport.
Cut his teeth at the German federation
Siewert played in the German lower leagues with Mayen, SG Bad Breisig and Montabaur and embarked on a coaching career in 2009 as a junior co-ordinator for the German federation (DFB). He had spells as assistant coach of the German under-17 and under-18 sides and after one year as head coach of fourth-tier side Rot-Weiss Essen he moved on to Bochum, where he was assistant to Dutch head coach Gertjan Verbeek before joining Dortmund.
During last summer’s World Cup finals, Siewert worked for Dortmund-based newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten as a tactical analyst and has a reputation among the German media as a polite and friendly man, who is driven to succeed and thrives on nurturing young talent.
He has a Yorkshire doppelganger
Siewert was mistakenly thought to have been sat in Huddersfield’s directors’ box during Sunday’s home defeat to Manchester City. To widespread amusement the gentleman bearing an uncanny resemblance to the German coach was asked live on Sky Sports whether he was Town’s proposed new manager and replied: “No, that’s not me. I’m Martin from Wakefield!” Thankfully, Martin Warhurst, a match-day guest of Huddersfield’s and chief executive of the Martin House hospice, also saw the funny side.
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