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2 July 2019

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Town speaks with new Assistant Head Coach

- New Assistant Head Coach talks through the remit in new role
- Bell tells how he got to know Head Coach Jan Siewert
- Listen to the full interview on #HTTV

New Assistant Head Coach Colin Bell says he will use of all his experience to help create a winning environment amongst the players and staff going into the new Sky Bet Championship season.

Bell talked through his impressive career to date with #HTTV, before going on to explain how he and Jan Siewert got to know each other at one of their former Clubs, TuZ Koblenz:

“Jan is from the area of Koblenz and in 2007 my Under-19 team at that stage were also heavily involved with the representative side from that area of Rhineland. They were invited to Italy to play in a tournament and over half of my squad were in that team – so I was invited to travel to keep an eye on my boys.

“Jan was the Assistant Coach of that team and that’s how we got to know each other. We worked together a few months later with the First Team at TuS Kobelnz in the 2. Bundesliga doing the video analysis and then I brought Jan in to work with me very closely with the Under-23s.

“I think I was able to spot a really talented coach and we became friends and he did a great job for me. He then moved on to the Association and made a career for himself, was very successful for the underage teams and for Germany.

“He then decided to leave that security at the Football Association and go into professional football as a Head Coach. So, that’s how we got to know each other and over the years we’ve just remained friends.”

As afore mentioned, Bell had spotted a talented coach in Jan Siewert from early on as he went elaborate on some of the key strengths of Town’s Head Coach:

“First of all, Jan is a very talented coach and a very intelligent guy and understands football and how football works. He’s a good teacher; explains very clearly and knows what he wants.

“These days players want to know, and things need to be explained, at times maybe even doubts need to be taken out. I think that’s only possible when you have good arguments for the things you like to do.

“He’s a good communicator and knows what he wants. That means you have to be at times resilient and have a bit of a ruthless streak in there because you want to win matches.

“Another important aspect of Jan’s work that impresses me is that he has a big heart. We are all focused and want to win games, but you have to remain a human being in doing all that and he can do all that.”

Town’s new Assistant Head Coach went on to explain what makes he feels makes a good Assistant Head Coach and spoke about the remit he’s been given for his new role at Town:

“I think you need to be able to connect between the Head Coach and the players. The communication is very important in this role. Jan doesn’t want an Assistant Head Coach who puts the cones out and then takes them away again.

“He’s brought me in to be able to coach, assistant him, be on the pitch, create training sessions and work together with the team and Mark – who I’ve experienced this first week and he’s been brilliant; I really admire that guy, then ‘Clem’ the Goalkeeping Coach.

“We have to get to know each other and then be a team. My role is that connection with the Coaching Staff and all the other people involved but with the team mainly on the pitch. The game and opponent analysis; it’s a major task, but I see myself as that middleman between the Head Coach and the team and I have to build up that trust first.

“The players have to get used to that new voice and used to the way I work, conduct myself and address things. I want to be a good communicator and a good supporter for the players because a Coach is always player centred; they are the most important people, but we have to get them to a level where they can perform to the best of their abilities.”

Watch the full interview on #HTTV below:

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