Jan Siewert was unveiled as Huddersfield Town manager yesterday, just one day after Martin from Wakefield had been unveiled as the new gaffer by Sky Sports! Siewert was today unveiled to the fans and the media at a press conference.
So what did we learn from our new manager’s first meeting with the media? And what can we expect from a new look Terriers team over the coming weeks? Read on to find out.
Did we learn much about Siewert from his press conference?
Unfortunately we didn’t, and none of the blame for that lies with Siewert himself. Rather the blame for that lies with the assembled press that peppered the new manager with repetitive questions about David Wagner.
Siewert was asked if he has spoken to Wagner yet, if he thinks he is the same type of manager as Wagner, whether or not he would be as successful as Wagner. There were only really two questions that didn’t centre on David Wagner.
When asked about upcoming transfers, Siewert hinted that he may have identified some potential targets. Following a few more questions about David Wagner, one member of the press asked Siewert about his style of football.
Siewert gave a pragmatic response, saying that whilst he has his own style of football and idea of playing, he will look to implement something that suits the current players.
What can we expect from Siewert’s Huddersfield Town?
In the short-term, I think it’s important not to expect too much from Jan Siewert. Something that has been underplayed in recent months is the absence of Aaron Mooy. The Australian is the heartbeat of our team and his spell in the injury room has severely hampered the team.
Siewert’s likely impact on Town in the coming weeks will depend on the fitness of Aaron Mooy. In the transfer market, I would expect to see some movement at the club with Siewert looking to bring in a few players that he feels can boost the team.
According to Siewert himself, he has kept a close eye on the performances of the team over the past few months. He will no doubt have already spotted the deficiencies in the forward areas and will be keen to bring in a confident, clinical striker.
In truth Siewert could probably not have wished for a better team to face in his opening game than Everton. The Toffees travel to the John Smith’s Stadium next week in a state of discontent, with fans already beginning to question manager Marco Silva.
His Everton side have been defensively naïve in a number of games this season and a rejuvenated Huddersfield Town could take advantage of this apparent frailty.
What can the fans do?
First and foremost, the fans must get behind Jan Siewert as much as possible. There was rightly a lot of love for David Wagner after everything he achieved at the club, but we must now put our faith in his replacement.
Expecting too much from this time in the short-term would be dangerous. We must give Siewert the time he needs to work with this squad and prepare us for next season in the Championship.
If by some miracle we do stay up, then I’m sure Siewert will be elevated to legend status! In the meantime let’s back this man, keep the faith and keep supporting Huddersfield Town as vociferously as we have in the past.