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Jan Siewert sacked by Huddersfield days after he was dismissed and handed last-minute reprieve

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 16/08/2019 John Percy
a close up of Tim Taylor: It is understood Jan Siewert was dismissed earlier in the week but was allowed to continue because plans were already in place for Friday's match against Fulham © Getty images It is understood Jan Siewert was dismissed earlier in the week but was allowed to continue because plans were already in place for Friday's match against Fulham

Jan Siewert has become the first manager of the new football season to be sacked, dismissed after just seven months in charge of the relegated Yorkshire club. 

A 2-1 home defeat to Fulham proved to be the final straw for Huddersfield chairman Phil Hodgkinson, who had met with the 36-year-old German this week to express his dissatisfaction at the club’s current predicament.

It is believed that Siewert was actually dismissed on Wednesday, following a demoralising home defeat to Lincoln in the Carabao Cup.

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Jan Siewert head coach / manager of Huddersfield Town  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield Town and Derby County at John Smith's Stadium on August 5, 2019 in Huddersfield, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images) © 2019 AMA Sports Photo Agency HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Jan Siewert head coach / manager of Huddersfield Town during the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield Town and Derby County at John Smith's Stadium on August 5, 2019 in Huddersfield, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

But, after a meeting with the owner, Siewert was handed a reprieve, primarily because he had already made team selections and put in place tactics for Friday night’s game with Fulham.

Siewert’s fate was so settled that a statement had even been drafted announcing his departure with coach Mark Hudson lined up to take the job on a temporary basis. 

Hudson, a former player with Huddersfield, will be in charge for the visit to another of his former sides Cardiff on Wednesday and will be given the chance to win the job on a full-time basis. 

a group of baseball players playing a football game: Huddersfield have taken only one point from their first three matches of the new season © PA Huddersfield have taken only one point from their first three matches of the new season

His appointment will also offer a morale boost to the players who had reportedly tired of Siewert’s demanding management style and techniques.

Macclesfield parted company with Sol Campbell on Thursday, a decision that was by mutual consent, which now leaves Siewert with the unwanted distinction of being the first dismissal of the season. 

However, without a victory since February, Siewert's record in charge of the club - one victory and 15 defeats in 19 games - ultimately left Huddersfield’s new owners with little option but to end his tenure. Huddersfield have collected just seven league points from their last 28 games - under Siewert’s management and his predecessor’s - and the club’s chairman held genuine fears that Town were in danger of dropping through the divisions without immediate action.

a group of football players on a field: Fulham's players celebrate the late winner © Getty Images Fulham's players celebrate the late winner

On Friday, they were undone by a goal of pure Premier League class from Ivan Cavaleiro, on loan from Wolves, who curled an unstoppable pinpoint shot into the top corner of Kamil Grabara’s goal in the 80th minute after Tom Cairney had touched a clearance into his path. 

Cavaleiro’s memorable winner capped a strong second half showing from Fulham which saw Aleksandar Mitrovic rise to head in at the far post after a bizarre skied clearance from Huddersfield’s Juninho Bacuna had flown across the face of his own goal on 51 minutes. 

But, despite that apparent control, Fulham conceded from Huddersfield’s first attack of the half - and first shot on target of the night just six minutes later. 

Florent Hadergjonaj’s hanging right-wing cross was met by Karlan Grant whose powerful header struck post and keeper before crossing the line by inches, a decision that referee James Linington confirmed via goal-line technology, and his wrist watch. 

Video: Siewert sacking no surprise (Sky Sports)

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“It becomes a habit, losing matches and losing the morale and everything that comes with that is sometimes difficult,” said Fulham manager Scott Parker after the game. 

“Getting to grips with life in the Championship, and understanding what a tough league this is, is important. It’s relentless at times and it’s about adapting to that as quickly as you can. 

“Our eyes were opened in the first game against Barnsley and it was the wake up call all the players needed because they have been superb since then, to a man.” 

Huddersfield (4-2-1-3): Grabara; Hadergjonaj, Elphick, Schindler, Kongolo; Bacuna (Chalobah 54), Hogg; O’BrienPritchard (Van La Parra 85), Kachunga (Mounie 83), Grant.

Subs (not used): Schofield, Diakhaby, Bockhorn, Quaner.

Fulham (4-1-2-3): Bettinelli, Sessegnon, Mawson, Ream, Bryan; Arter; Cairney, Johansen (Reid, 76); Knockaert (Le Marchand 90), Mitrovic, Cavaleiro (Reed 83).

Subs (not used): Rodak, Christie, McDonald, Kamara. 

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