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20 February 2024

Club News


20 February 2024

Huddersfield Town confirm the four coaches set to work alongside new Head Coach

- Huddersfield Town confirm coaching appointments
- Šarić, Kleine, Russell and Quy to support Breitenreiter
- Work beginning at the Millers Oils High Performance Complex

Following the recent news of André Breitenreiter’s appointment as Head Coach of Huddersfield Town, the Club can now confirm the details of his First Team coaching staff.

Consisting of three new appointments and one familiar face continuing within the First Team, we are delighted to welcome Asif Šarić, Thomas Kleine and Andy Quy to the Terriers, with Kevin Russell to resume in his role as Assistant Coach at André’s request.

Having worked with the Head Coach extensively in the past, Šarić joins the Club as Assistant Coach, with the 59-year-old Bosnian a midfielder in his playing days across both Germany and Switzerland. Holding a UEFA Pro Licence, his coaching career began with LR Ahlen in 2003 in 2. Bundesliga before becoming Head Coach of Bonner SC in Oberliga between 2006 and 2008.

Asif then crossed paths with André for the first time, becoming Assistant Coach at SC Paderborn and making up part of André’s staff that help guide the side to the Bundesliga against the odds in 2014. Going on to again join André’s staff at Hannover 96 between 2017 to 2019, Asif took temporary interim control of their first team following Breitenreiter’s eventual departure, remaining an assistant with the side until 2021. Now joining Town, this will mark the third time André and Asif have worked together.

Joining the Terriers as an Assistant Coach alongside Šarić, 46-year-old German Thomas Kleine is also a UEFA Pro Licence holder having turned his hand to coaching after hanging up his boots following over 300 appearances in Germany’s top two divisions as a centre half. Turning out in the Bundesliga and Champions League for Bayer Lerverkusen, Kleine then captained Greuther Fürth for four seasons, barely missing a game before signing with Bundesliga side Hannover 96 in 2007. Two years with Borussia Mönchengladbach followed before a return to Greuther Fürth to end his playing days, with his coaching career beginning at the same club.

Manager of their second team between 2015 to 2017, Thomas then joined Fortuna Düsseldorf as Assistant Coach between 2017 to 2022, contributing to their Bundesliga promotion in the 2017/18 season. Having crossed paths in Germany on opposing sides, this will be Kleine’s first time working directly within Breitenreiter’s staff.

The final new arrival to the backroom staff is Goalkeeping Coach Andy Quy, who was a product of the Tottenham Hotspur academy and played most extensively for Hereford United before his playing days were cut short by injury. Beginning his coaching journey within the academies of Derby County and Aston Villa, Quy’s first senior coaching role was with Lincoln City in 2006 before joining Stoke City’s first team a year later.

Working in the Potteries for 12-and-a-half-years, Quy was present for their years in the Premier League as he coached the likes of Jack Butland, Thomas Sorensen and Asmir Begovic, going on to join Brentford for the 2019/20 season. In his time in West London, David Raya - now of Arsenal - won the Premier League’s Golden Glove, with Andy also performing consultancy work for the Football Association. Most recently, Quy departed a Head of Goalkeeping role with Burton Albion to move to MLS with Charlotte FC, initially their goalkeeping coach before becoming an assistant.

Finally, Kevin Russell will now become a permanent member of the First Team staff having worked as an Assistant alongside Caretaker Manager Jon Worthington over the past four games. With a desire to have an English coach within his staff, André Breitenreiter was keen to retain Russell within the group, and he will now work alongside Šarić and Kleine as an Assistant Coach. With a career of over 20 years coaching in both senior and academy football, Russell has previously operated as an Assistant for Peterborough United, Wrexham and Cheltenham Town.

Already at the Club, Kevin Russell has begun his new role with immediate effect, with Assistant Coach Asif Šarić and Goalkeeping Coach Andy Quy to link up with the First Team in the coming days. Requiring a VISA to be granted before commencing work, Thomas Kleine will join the team once that process has been completed.

We return home on Saturday 2 March for André Breitenreiter's first fixture as Head Coach at the John Smith's Stadium in the West Yorkshire Derby against Leeds United! CLICK HERE to secure your seat today.

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