Jan Siewert: Huddersfield Town sack head coach after one win in seven months

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Jan Siewert’s only league win as Huddersfield boss came against Wolves in February

Huddersfield Town have sacked boss Jan Siewert, who led the Terriers to just one win in his seven months in charge.

The 36-year-old German told BBC Radio Leeds on Tuesday that he did not fear for his job after they lost to Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup first round.

However, a 2-1 defeat by Fulham on Friday left him with a record of just one victory from 19 games as boss.

He took over in January after David Wagner’s exit, but could not prevent relegation from the Premier League.

Siewert’s only win was a 1-0 victory over Wolves in his fifth game, but that proved to be the lone bright spot in his tenure as the Yorkshire side finished bottom and were relegated in March.

Huddersfield’s poor form has continued into this season and they have taken just one point from their first three Championship matches.

Town released a statement just over an hour after the Fulham game to confirm Siewert’s departure with immediate effect.

Chairman Phil Hodgkinson said: “The decision was not one that I, nor the board, took lightly, but I believe it is one that had to be made.

“Jan is a fantastic man and he’s worked tirelessly for this club during his time here, but unfortunately it has not worked.”

First-team coach Mark Hudson will take charge of the team while a successor is found.

Siewert fails to repeat Wagner heroics

Siewert was almost completely unknown to English football followers when he took over at Huddersfield after Wagner left in January.

Like Wagner, his previous role had seen him manage Borussia Dortmund II.

However, unlike his predecessor, who led Town to the Premier League for the first time in 2017, he failed to galvanise the team.

Relegation last season was almost unavoidable by the time he was appointed, but his failure to win any of four matches this season, with defeats in all three home games, has seen him become the first Championship boss to lose his job this campaign.

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Huddersfield won only once under the management of Jan Siewert

Siewert sacking ‘inevitable’

Analysis: Matt Glennon, former Huddersfield goalkeeper and BBC Radio Leeds summariser

It’s not a surprise. We saw it coming. I do feel for him because I don’t think he got massive support in the transfer window, but I don’t think he should ever have been brought in in the first place.

He was thrown into the bear pit of the Premier League with a team that wasn’t good enough, it’s no surprise he’s failed. This was inevitable.

They need someone who is respected and comes in with good ideas and clarity.

They need someone quick and they need to make sure they don’t make another mistake. If they bring the right person in, this can still be a good season, we’re only three games in.

2012 Olympics bronze medallist Ruslan Albegov is one of the five suspended athletes.
2012 Olympics bronze medallist Ruslan Albegov is one of the five suspended athletes.PHOTO: AP

(REUTERS) – Five Russian weightlifters have been provisionally suspended for potential doping violations based on data retrieved from a Moscow laboratory, the sport’s governing body has said.

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) said it suspended the athletes “in view of the severity of the asserted anti-doping rule violations and compelling nature of the evidence” it received from the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada).

The five suspended athletes are 2012 Olympics bronze medallist Ruslan Albegov, 2013 women’s world champion Tima Turieva, David Bedzhanyan, Oleg Chen and Egor Klimonov.

“The IWF regrets these additional cases of doping in our sport from some years ago,” IWF President Tamas Ajan said in a statement.

“We note without any satisfaction that weightlifting was far from the only sport to have been affected by the extensive and historical Russian doping revealed by whistleblowers, the media and Wada.

“We can be satisfied, however, that the IWF has shown once again our determination to protect clean sport and promote clean athletes. We have not shown any hesitation in taking the right decisions.”

Champions League final: Tottenham , Liverpool chase biggest win of all

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Among the rewards for the Champions League winners on Saturday will be silverware, status and history but the greatest prize awaiting Liverpool or Tottenham might be an end to the agonising wait.

Combined, it has been 18 years – seven for Liverpool, 11 for Tottenham – since either lifted a trophy, despite huge strides made in recent years under the much-praised Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino.

When asked in January if the club needed a trophy, he said: “I don’t agree with that, it’s good for the ego. But in reality the most important thing is to build a team that is always going to be in the top four.”

The expectations are higher at Liverpool, where Klopp’s vow to win something within four years of taking charge reaches its end-point this weekend.

“It didn’t happen yet,” said Klopp in April. “How long it will take I have no clue.”

Klopp’s also denied a personal need for silverware after having lost six cup finals in a row as coach, three of them with Liverpool.

“I don’t think that way at all,” he said earlier this month. “In football, if you want to win you have to accept that there are occasions when you also might lose.”

– Falling short –

The pressure on Liverpool may be more intense, not just because of their success-laden past but because of a craving for satisfaction after a season in which they amassed 96 points in the Premier League but still fell just short of champions City.

They will be favourites, having beaten Tottenham home and away already this season and with their experience of last year’s final in Kiev. In the Spurs squad, only Toby Alderweireld has played on this stage, losing with Atletico Madrid in 2014.

For a shot of belief, Pochettino might instead turn to Harry Kane, who has declared himself fit after recovering from an ankle injury.

Kane has not played a competitive match since April 9 and Tottenham have survived without their star striker, even if a storming run in the Champions League belied a collapse in form domestically.

If he is fit, Kane’s goal threat means he will start, most likely at the expense of Lucas Moura, despite the Brazilian’s dizzying hat-trick against Ajax in the semi-final.

Liverpool’s own front man, Roberto Firmino, is also expected to play after sitting out the last three matches with a groin strain

Harder to predict will be Klopp’s selection in midfield, where he must choose three from James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho.

Considerably more than the 32,000 ticket-holding fans were predicted to descend on Madrid, with police deploying “unprecedented security” around the final, involving drones to monitor behaviour and 4,700 personnel.

When the Spanish capital was picked as host, there was an added lure for Real Madrid, who might have defended the title in their own city, and Atletico, who could have snatched it off them at their own home ground.

Instead, after Barcelona crashed out, Spain were left with no European finalists for the only second time in 10 years.

A new era, perhaps, for the Premier League. For Liverpool and Tottenham, another chance to end the wait.

AFP.

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