Huddersfield Town have this afternoon confirmed the appointment of Jan Siewert as their new head coach.
At just 36-year-old, he had joined the Premier League strugglers from Borussia Dortmund II and has signed a contract until the summer of 2021.
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It comes just days after Sky Sports thought they saw the new man in the stands, however it just turned out to be a fan who looked like him…
Easily the funniest football moment this weekend – thinking potential new Huddersfield manager Jan Siewert is sat in the crowd, before awkwardly finding out it was just Mark from Wakefield! ?
Watch until the end to see the fan's reaction to his managerial lookalike ? pic.twitter.com/6hCio0yQxD
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Huddersfield Town’s chairman Dean Hoyle said to htafc.com: “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.
He added: “Jan’s name came to our attention in his previous role as Assistant Manager and Under-19 Coach at VfL Bochum. We first spoke with him over two years’ ago and we’ve kept in communication since, watching his progress with interest.
“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.”
“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.”
Huddersfield fans have given their reaction to the appointment and their was plenty of love for how they unveiled it – take a look at what they had to say on the next page.