Bundesliga strugglers Hoffenheim have appointed 28-year-old Julian Nagelsmann as their new head coach.
Nagelsmann had been due to take the role in July, with Huub Stevens tasked with keeping the club up this season.
However, Stevens resigned on Wednesday after less than four months in the job due to heart problems, and the club have decided under-19 coach Nagelsmann will step up to the senior role ahead of schedule on a three-year contract.
Hoffenheim's managing director Dr Peter Gorlich told...
Huub Stevens has vacated his place in the Hoffenheim dug-out for health reasons, German news wire SID report.
Stevens, 62, resigned early on Wednesday amid a major sporting crisis which has left Hoffenheim seven points adrift of the spots above the relegation line.
Stevens was appointed as the Hoffenheim coach in late October 2015, but in 10 games he was not able to turn the club's fortunes around as the Kraichgauer picked up only one win -- a 1-0 against bottom club Hannover 96, whom they...
Darmstadt again impressed on the road as rock-bottom Hoffenheim were overcome 2-0 in Sunday's Bundesliga clash.
The visitors went ahead in the 33rd minute when Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann flapped at a cross, with Aytac Sulu nodding home after Slobodan Rajkovic headed the loose ball back into the six-yard box.
The home side were showing no little effort but, whether it was the final ball or even the shot, something was always lacking in their game.
It was timing which was to blame when substitute...