Munich - Bundesliga 2 outfit 1860 Munich have taken a step forward in their preparations for the 2014/15 campaign after announcing the appointment of Ricardo Moniz as their new head coach on Wednesday.

The former RB Salzburg supremo, famed for favouring a 4-3-3 counter-attacking formation, has put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal with the Lions. Alongside assistant coach Markus von Ahlen, who took charge of the Munich-based side for the final five games of last season, Moniz is hoping to inject some life back into 1860.

“It just had to be him. Ricardo is a full-blooded personality. He lives football,” said the club’s sporting director Gerhard Poschner of the 49-year-old Dutchman. “He does an excellent job of furthering young talent and, in the way he wants football to be played, embodies the Lions’ virtues of pushing forward with courage and aggression and never giving up. I have no doubt that Ricardo will be able to tease even more football out of our players with his passion and conviction.”