Huddersfield Town manager Jan Siewert has denied suggestions that he is worried about his future at the club, despite The Terriers’ continuing struggles at the start of the new season.
Siewert took over from fellow German David Wagner at the John Smith’s Stadium in January following his predecessor’s resignation, and has won just one of his 18 games in charge of the club, who were relegated from the Premier League last season after picking up just three wins all campaign, with the start to the new season yet to show any real upturn in results.
After suffering a 2-1 defeat to Derby County on the opening weekend of the Championship season, Huddersfield picked up their first point of the season in a 1-1 draw at QPR on Saturday, although that was then followed up with a 1-0 defeat to newly-promoted League One side Lincoln City in the first round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.
Following that game, Siewert was asked by BBC Sport about the club’s current situation, with the 36-year-old revealing: “The chairman made it clear we have to stabilise ourselves in the league and that’s the biggest aim.”
When questioned about whether he was fearing the sack due to his record at the club, Siewert responded by saying: “No.
“The whole time I am in conversation with the board about what is happening.
“It’s about managing our expectations. Of course we all want to win football matches and the thing I’m working on most is to do that.”
Huddersfield are next in action on Friday night, when they host another of last season’s relegated Premier League sides, Fulham, at the John Smith’s Stadium.
I can only assume this is Siewert trying not to show any signs of weakness in public that opposition sides can capitalise on.
Deep down, you feel he must be more than aware that his record of one win in 18 games is simply not good enough, and he will know that the board at the club know that as well.
Anyone who knows anything about football does not need telling that that sort of record is relegation form, and given what happened to them last season, The Terriers will be desperate to change something soon – be it results or personnel – to put an end to that worrying trend.
Admittedly, Huddersfield did look to be in freefall even before Siewert joined the club, so this can not all be attributed to him, but the fact that he has yet to rectify the situation is a concern that will surely be growing around the club.