Jan Siewert managed just 19 games in charge of Huddersfield Town through last year, winning one and succumbing the Terriers to relegation into the Championship.
Huddersfield Town finished dead last in the Premier League last season. Their rise into the promised land was one to be both studied and applauded, but their calamitous fall from grace sees them just three points off the Championship drop zone today.
Siewert was quickly dismissed after this season got off to a terrible start, and replaced with the more much dynamic Cowley brothers.
Speaking to Yorkshire Live, Town keeper Lossl had his say on Siewert, and the atmosphere he created at the club:
“It just wasn’t a match and he simply lost the squad pretty quickly in a tough period,” the Danish stopper explained.
“I actually played under him in the first place until it was definite that we were relegated. Then he tried someone else while I was told that my season was over and that I shouldn’t be there anymore.”
Lossl, 31, joined Everton after Huddersfield’s relegation from the Premier League last year. He’s not yet featured for his new club though, and last January he rejoined Huddersfield on-loan for the remainder of this season.
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“Then I went into training, where I had to prepare myself for the things that came in the summer, but then all of a sudden he pulled me back because it didn’t suit him with the other goalkeeper anyway,” Lossl continued.
“One thing is me individually, it was quite natural that I should move on, with my deal running out.
“It was on the cards, and then it was also on the cards that I wasn’t sure I could play through the whole season. I would have accepted that, but I think it was a pity the whole team was broken up.”
Huddersfield shocked the footballing world when they reached the Premier League in 2017, and surprised even more when they stayed there.
David Wagner’s achievements at the club are undeniable but the apparent atmosphere at the club soon turned sour, and Siewert was the man to oversee that.
“We achieved some things, which was great for the club, but many of the players, who had meant very, very much in the period, were thrown a bit under the bus,” stated Lossl.
The club is in a rebuilding process now. Huddersfield’s relegation from the Premier League was so inevitable from the start that it’s flung them into the bottom-half of the Championship today.
They’ve got a good manager at the helm now, but he’s a lot of work to do in rebuilding and trimming down what is a huge squad left to him. Lossl has been impressive since returning, and fans would likely want to see him return under Cowley.