Are you Jan Siewert? 'No. I'm Martin from Wakefield.'

Brenda Watkins
January 22, 2019

If you thought you had seen the last of Martin, however, you were wrong as Huddersfield drafted him into their announcement video for Siewert by placing him in the manager's office, dressed in full training kit.

Sat in the directors' box, he was alerted to Sky Sports beaming his face around the country, suggesting he might be Borussia Dortmund reserve team coach Jan Siewert, who has been heavily linked with the vacant Huddersfield manager's job.

Before his appointment by the EPL side, Siewert was the coach of Borussia Dortmund's second team after joining them in July 2017.

It's not been an easy season for Huddersfield Town with the Yorkshire club now sitting bottom of the Premier League, having won just two games in the league from their opening 23 games.

Town's former boss David Wagner and assistant Christoph Buhler left the club last week by mutual consent.

'Like any good football club - or successful business outside football - we have succession plans in place for our key roles.

Huddersfield Under-23s coach Mark Hudson took charge of Sunday's home defeat to Manchester City, which left the club 10 points adrift of safety at the foot of the table. David was fully aware that we were undertaking this work - you must prepare for the future.

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Terriers owner Hoyle has insisted that the appointment of Siewert is not a gamble and stressed the importance of separating the manager from the line of succession from Dortmund, considering he has relative experience managing the senior team of a top-level side and is foreign to the English game.

'Jan's name came to our attention in his previous role at VfL Bochum.

Huddersfield Town Chairman Dean Hoyle said, "I'd like to begin by officially welcoming Jan to Huddersfield Town. 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".

To widespread amusement the gentleman bearing an uncanny resemblance to the coach was asked live on Sky Sports whether he was Town's proposed new manager and replied: "No, that's not me".

Siewert has not been set a target of staying up, with Hoyle adding: 'In the short term, we will continue to fight as hard as possible against relegation from the Premier League.

The clip shows "Martin from Wakefield" answering the telephone at Town's training centre. We're not giving up on that.

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