Huddersfield Town has appointed Jan Siewert as its new manager after the departure of David Wagner.
The 36-year-old joins The Terriers from German side Borussia Dortmund II, where he held the position of coach and has signed a contract until 2021.
“I’d like to begin by officially welcoming Jan to Huddersfield Town. I’m tremendously excited about working with him as our new Head Coach. Let me start by addressing the obvious. 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.
“However, that does a disservice to Jan, who is his own man. There is much more to this appointment than that. Like any good football club – or successful business outside football – we have succession plans in place for our key roles. A major one here is the role of Head Coach.”
“Given David’s success at Huddersfield Town, we knew that it was prudent to look to the future in case an offer came in that he couldn’t refuse. David was fully aware that we were undertaking this work; you must prepare for the future.
The chairman has stated that his ambition is to try to fight relegation as hard as possible.
“What was also very clear was that Jan believes in this Club and what can be achieved here. He has turned down several approaches to leave Borussia Dortmund in the past, but he jumped at the opportunity to join us.
He believes in our ethos and likes what he knows about Huddersfield Town, which made me very proud. In the short-term, we will continue to fight as hard as possible against relegation from the Premier League. We’re not giving up on that.
“We will also plan for the medium and long-term, whatever the outcome. Jan is committed to us and is excited to take on the challenges we have ahead, whatever they look like. I’m so excited about this appointment. Our last three-and-a-half years have been unbelievable, but now we look to the future under a new Head Coach desperate to be a success at our Club.”
The Terriers lost to Manchester City 3-0 on Sunday under Mark Hudson who was taking charge as the caretaker manager.