HUDDERSFIELD, England (AP) – Struggling English Premier League club Huddersfield turned to Borussia Dortmund’s reserve team to find another manager, hiring Jan Siewert on Monday to succeed David Wagner.
The 36-year-old Siewert signed a contract to the end of the 2020-21 season a week after Wagner left while the northern English team was in last place.
“Let me start by addressing the obvious,” Huddersfield Chairman Dean Hoyle said, announcing the appointment.
“We enjoyed tremendous success under our previous head coach, David Wagner, and we’ve subsequently appointed a new head coach that bares 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.”
Wagner left Dortmund’s second team in 2015 to lead Huddersfield and his successor, Daniel Farke, also went on to land a first-team job in England at second-tier side Norwich.