Berlin - 1. FC Union Berlin have appointed Sascha Lewandowski as head coach on a two-year deal.

The 43-year-old, whose previous post was as head coach of the Bayer 04 Leverkusen youth team, takes charge at the Stadion an der Alten Försterei with immediate effect following the dismissal of Norbert Düwel on 31 August.

'An ambitious side'

"I'm really happy about the task ahead," Lewandowski said. "Union are an established and, above all, ambitious second division side that have formulated clear objectives. That's the basis for my involvement with Union. The basis that was laid out here convinced me that Union's that right place for me."

Dortmund-born Lewandowski, who briefly assumed first-team coaching duties alongside Sami Hyypiä at Leverkusen in 2012/13, has also enjoyed success with the VfL Bochum youths.

'We want to be promoted'

"In Sascha Lewandowski, we have acquired a coach whose work has really caught the eye," enthused Union president Dirk Zingler. "He's also shown how important it is to him to bring on young players, which fits in with our squad and our goals. We want the chance to be promoted and to play in the Bundesliga."

Union are currently 14th after five matches in Bundesliga 2, without a win all season.