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A New Era

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We all knew the day would come when our beloved David Wagner would leave our club.

Most imagined that he would receive an offer that he simply cannot refuse or at the very least, it would come at the end of the season so to see it come in January certainly shocked most of us.

However, no man is bigger than the club and whilst Sunday’s game against Man City certainly had the feel of a wake, next week’s home game against Everton will hopefully feel like a re-birth.

The football at the end of the Wagner era was regressive and heart-breaking to watch given the effervescent, ‘no limits’, gegenpressen style which had defined the first 2/3 years of his reign previously.

In the form of another Borussia Dortmund II coach, Jan Siewart arrives at the club with the comfort of familiarity. The club clearly doesn’t want to undo David Wagner’s legacy nor the successful identity which was forged on and off the pitch, therefore, Siewart arrives as his natural successor.

The main talking point about Siewart is that, ironically, the fact that not many people seem to know about him.

Much like Wagner, Siewart arrives as another left-field appointment from a reserve team in Germany, which most people have no idea about.

He doesn’t even have the luxury of being Jurgen Klopp’s best mate to be parroted across most mainstream media outlets for the first year of his reign.

This second half of the season will understandably be written off by most Town fans and Siewart will not be held accountable if/when Town get relegated.

What Siewart will be tasked with is taking the club through the inevitable huge transition phase that the first-team squad will go under.

Many of the first-team will likely leave for (hopefully) big money moves to Premier League clubs when we go down and many players will not fancy the Championship next season too, with their preference most likely to go back to clubs in their respective countries.

Siewart will be tasked with evolving Town’s identity and playing style by implementing his own principles and philosophy.

Journalists who claim to be in the know about Siewart tell of a fluid 4-3-3 formation he employs during games with a preference for fast, attacking football.

If the rumours are true, we can certainly expect a change in tactics from Saturday onwards.

Like the start to Wagner’s reign, we must be patient. Wagner lost his first two games in charge but his identity was clear from minute one. We must give the same patience to Siewart.

However, that is where I will stop drawing comparisons between Jan Siewart and David Wagner. From his reputation in the game to his own ambitious outlook and philosophy, by his own merits, Siewart has earned this opportunity.

One thing is for sure, the new manager will bring a certain amount of optimism back to Town fans for the rest of the season, even if we know the outcome is probably determined.

Today marks a new era for Town. If its anything like the last one, strap yourselves in.