Dieter Hecking appointed new Borussia Monchengladbach head coach

22 December 2016 11:09

Borussia Monchengladbach have confirmed the appointment of Dieter Hecking as their new head coach, just 24 hours after Andre Schubert was dismissed.

The former Aachen, Hannover, Nurnberg and Wolfsburg coach has signed a contract until 2019 and will get to work immediately as the Foals go into the winter break struggling in 14th place in the Bundesliga, just three points above the relegation zone.

"Given the developments of recent week, we wanted to breathe new life into the team by appointing a new coach," said Gladbach's director of sport Max Eberl on the club's official website.

"Dieter Hecking is just the right man for that. He's a coach with a lot of experience who has worked successfully at different levels with different clubs."

After becoming Hannover's longest-serving coach, Hecking moved to Nurnberg in 2010, leading them to an impressive sixth place at the end of that season.

He moved to Wolfsburg in 2012 and was voted the Bundesliga's coach of the year after guiding the Wolves to second place in the Bundesliga and victory in the DFB-Pokal in 2014/15.

Last season, he guided them to their best ever performance in Europe, including victory over Manchester United included on their way to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

He lost his job at Wolfsburg in October due to their poor start to the season, although only spent two months out of work before joining Gladbach on Thursday.

"We have a challenging but also attractive second half of the season ahead of us in the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and in the Europa League," added Eberl. "We are looking forward to facing this challenge with Dieter Hecking."

Source: PA