Huddersfield 0—3 Man City
A LIFELONG Manchester City fan saw the funny side as a case of mistaken identity led to him being touted as the next manager of Huddersfield live on television.
Sitting in the directors’ box at the John Smith’s Stadium, Martin Warhurst was alerted to Sky Sports beaming his face around the country, suggesting he might be Borussia Dortmund reserves coach Jan Siewert, who has been heavily linked with the vacant Huddersfield job.
Warhurst, chief executive of a charity that provides hospice care for children, quickly put Sky’s reporter right but did later speak to the media after watching his side keep the pressure on Premier League leaders Liverpool with a 3-0 win.
‘It was bizarre,’ he admitted. ‘I was sat in the crowd and suddenly I was aware of a guy coming towards me.
‘He said, “Are you Jan, the new manager?” I laughed and said, “No, no, that’s not me. I’m Martin from Wakefield”.
‘I thought the guy was going to say something like, “Excuse me, sir, but you’re sat in the wrong seat”. I had to double take when he asked if I was Jan.
‘That was all I heard of it and then suddenly everybody’s phones and my phone started going crazy, saying, “I’ve just seen you on telly”. There was lots of reaction from people in the crowd — just people coming up and having selfies and people patting me on the back and wishing me luck.
‘I was on my way back up to the table where we were being hosted and a father and son stopped me and the dad said, “This is the new manager”.
‘I was quite happy. It’s all in good jest.’
If Siewert does succeed David Wagner then he has a monumental challenge ahead, with Huddersfield rock-bottom and ten points adrift of safety.
A deflected Danilo strike and two goals from Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane in three second-half minutes settled the game and, asked how he would have advised Huddersfield to take on his beloved City, Warhurst said: ‘I think if they played a formation of 5-5-5, they might actually stand a chance!’