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15 February 2024

Club News


15 February 2024

German joins Huddersfield Town as Head Coach on a contract running until 2026

- André Breitenreiter named the new Head Coach of Huddersfield Town
- 50-year-old has a track record of success in Germany & Switzerland
- Comments from Kevin Nagle and Mark Cartwright

We’re delighted to announce André Breitenreiter as the new Head Coach of Huddersfield Town!

Breitenreiter, who arrives in West Yorkshire with a proven track record of success as a coach in both Germany and Switzerland, is set to take control of the First Team next week (w/c 19 February 2024).

He will complete the VISA process this week, with Caretaker Manager Jon Worthington leading the team in Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship game at home to Hull City.

André is known in his native land as an expert in getting teams into the German top division.

He made his name by steering SC Paderborn 07 to the Bundesliga for the first time in the club’s history in 2014, with a last day win securing an unlikely promotion.

His two seasons at the club soon earned him the top job at Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04, where he earned them Europa League football through a fifth-placed finish in 2016.

André soon earned his second promotion from the 2. Bundesliga as manager of Hannover 96 in the 2016/17 campaign.

With nearly 150 games as a manager in the Bundesliga under his belt, he moved to Switzerland and steered FC Zurich to a shock Swiss Super League title in 2022, ending the club’s 13-year wait for a championship. It’s the only season in the last six in which BSC Young Boys didn’t win the division.

Now, amid interest in his services from clubs in Germany, Turkey and recent interest from a national team, André has agreed to take charge of the Terriers on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

Details of André’s coaching staff will be confirmed soon.

Huddersfield Town owner and Chairman Kevin Nagle commented:

“I’m very excited about André’s appointment.

“At the start of this process, we were very clear on what we expect our Head Coach to deliver. Atop that list was the creation of a winning culture, where there is no fear over taking bold options to try and get all three points in every game – before match day or during the game. We also want to deliver a type of football that will excite our supporters, who love a high-tempo, front-foot, all-action style.

“We believe André is the ideal candidate to deliver this. His credentials as a winner are there for all to see and, upon speaking to him, I was very impressed with his depth of knowledge. I’m excited to see the impact he has on our talented squad.

“I must also take this opportunity to thank Jon Worthington, Kevin Russell, Michael Tonge and Neil Bennett for their outstanding work as our interim management team. They are true professionals and have made themselves and everyone connected with the club proud.”

Huddersfield Town Sporting Director Mark Cartwright added:

“André was someone we were very interested in speaking with from an early point of our search. His record as a Head Coach is unquestionable, having overachieved with several different clubs to win titles and promotions in Germany and Switzerland.

“His philosophy on football fits what we were looking for in our next Head Coach and, when we began to speak about the opportunity, his confidence in his methods was very clear. He’s determined to show that his qualities as a Head Coach will work in England, and he’s excited about Kevin’s ambition for the future.

“We believe André has the skillset to positively impact our squad in the remaining games of this season, and that together we can build something really exciting for our fans in the future.”

Willkommen, André!

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