Birmingham City's Championship rivals announce appointment of 'ideal candidate' as new manager

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Birmingham City's Championship rivals have announced a surprise new head coach.

Birmingham City rivals Huddersfield Town have unveiled André Breitenreiter as their new head coach, following the dismissal of Darren Moore. The former Jamaica international took charge of the Terriers in September but was sacked after just four months in charge.

Moore was only able to guide Huddersfield to three wins during his brief spell and the club are now throwing everything they can at avoiding relegation at the end of the season. They are currently 20th in the table on 34 points, five above the drop zone.

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Breitenreiter's new role is his first position of any kind in England and he will officially join Huddersfield on Monday after completing his visa application. His first match in charge will be Watford away on February 24th.

The 50-year-old brings a track record of success in Germany and Switzerland with him to Huddersfield. He won the DFB-Pokal with Hannover 96, guided Paderborn up to the Bundesliga for the first time in the club's history, and most recently won the Swiss Super League title in 2022 with Zürich.

Prior to his move to the Championship, Breitenreiter reportedly had interested from clubs in Germany, Turkey and a national team. Terriers owner and chairman Kevin Nagle is delighted with the appointment.

"I am very excited about Andre’s appointment. At the start of this process, we were very clear on what we expect our head coach to deliver," he said via the club's official statement. "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.

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"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 Andre 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."

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