Huddersfield appoint Olaf Rebbe as Sporting Director
Written by Simon Austin — May 19, 2018
GERMAN Olaf Rebbe has been appointed as Sporting Director by Huddersfield Town.
The 40-year-old will oversee scouting, analysis, sports science and medicine, while working closely with Academy boss Leigh Bromby.
Rebbe ultimately replaces David Moss, who departed in October 2017 after just four months as Director of Football Operations.
Rebbe, who joins the Terriers on June 1st, was sacked by Wolfsburg in April 2018 after 18 months as their Sporting Director. He had been at the German club for six years, having initially joined as Head of Sport.
He is said to be particularly strong on "data and process" and although he and manager David Wagner share the same nationality, they have no previous involvement.
On the pitch, Wolfsburg have struggled this season, finishing third from bottom of the Bundesliga.
Indeed were Wagner to leave (he has been linked with clubs including Chelsea during the last few weeks), then Rebbe would be responsible for finding his replacement.
Recruitment for the role was led by Nolan Partners.
Dan Parnell: "Bringing in a Sporting Director is a slight departure for Huddersfield, because they were initially inclined to bring in another Head of Football Operations. The role will be similar though, providing a strategic link throughout the club, delivering recruitment targets and overseeing functions including the Academy and Sport Science and Medicine. Rebbe will bring additional football intelligence to an already strong strategic decision-making team at the club."
Dan Parnell leads research on the Master of Sport Directorship course at Manchester Metropolitan University