Contract agreed with Huddersfield Town until 2025
- Mark Fotheringham appointed Head Coach of Huddersfield Town
- Scotsman highly regarded as a coach in Germany
- Mark has worked for Hertha Berlin, FC Ingolstadt, and others
We’re delighted to welcome Mark Fotheringham to Huddersfield Town as our new Head Coach!
The 38-year-old Scotsman has been identified as the right man to lead the First Team after a thorough recruitment process.
His contract, which runs until June 2025, was finalised on Wednesday morning, but he had already started his work at Town by taking training for the first time on Tuesday afternoon as preparations continue for Saturday's Sky Bet Championship game at Reading.
Fotheringham has significant experience in coaching in the top levels of German football, most recently guiding Hertha Berlin to Bundesliga survival during the second half of 2021/22 as Assistant Coach to legendary German manager Felix Magath.
Previously Mark, who is currently working towards his UEFA Pro License, helped FC Ingolstadt 04 gain promotion to 2. Bundesliga and coached in the German second tier with Karlsruher SC, adding to two years coaching in Scottish football with Cowdenbeath.
Before hanging up his boots, Fotheringham made close to 300 appearances as a midfielder across five countries. Having become Celtic’s youngest ever debutant as a 16-year-old, he gained vast experience through playing spells in England, Germany, Switzerland, and Cyprus, whilst also representing his country of birth at Under-21 level.
Mark will work with assistants Narcís Pèlach, Paul Harsley, Head of Goalkeeping Paul Clements, and the rest of our existing technical staff at the Millers Oils High Performance Complex.
Head of Football Leigh Bromby commented:
“We have explored a wide range of options in our search for our next Head Coach, and Mark became our first choice after our very first meeting. His beliefs in coaching and football fit very well with our methods at the Club, and we also believe he can also add to what we do because of who he has worked for and with during his career so far.
“Mark has worked at some top clubs with some of the best coaches around. His most recent spell came last season at a big city side in Hertha Berlin under a manager who has been right at the top of the game for many successful years in Felix Magath. Before that, he worked under Michael Henke at Ingolstadt – a man who has won the Champions League twice as a coach. That adds to his other experience across the UK and Europe that he’s accumulated as a coach and a player since the age of 16.
“He believes in an aggressive, intense, front-foot style of play, just as we do. That was vitally important.
“The ability to lead and motivate our squad and staff was also high on the requirements for this appointment, and they are qualities that Mark exudes naturally. You feel it when you meet him, and that is backed up by the testimony of many big names in football who he’s worked with, both alongside him as a coach and as a player under him.
“I know that Huddersfield Town fans will get right behind Mark, the coaching staff, and the players as we work together to drive us up the Sky Bet Championship table.”
For a more detailed profile of Mark’s career as a coach and a player, click HERE.
To read some articles written about Mark and his coaching career by newspapers and other independent media, click HERE.