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Siewert: I did all I could to avoid the drop

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Jan Siewert

Jan Siewert

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Jan Siewert

Jan Siewert revealed the despondency around the Huddersfield camp this week after their Premier League relegation was confirmed, but he is adamant he did everything in his power to avert such a scenario.

Siewert took charge of the Terriers in mid-January, replacing David Wagner, who had guided the club to the top flight and then kept them there against all odds during an unforgettable 2017-18 campaign.

However, Huddersfield were 10 points adrift of safety when Siewert arrived with a brief to secure their status and Town have taken only three points in the nine games the 36-year-old has overseen. A drop to the Sky Bet Championship was guaranteed following Huddersfield’s 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace last weekend - their eighth loss under the German manager.

Ahead of tomorrow’s home clash with Leicester, Siewert said: “It was a big disappointment, which is totally normal after relegation. This can’t be a normal week because everyone is disappointed.

“The focus the whole time was staying in the Premier League and working for this. But I can look in my mirror because I tried everything to keep this squad in the Premier League.”