• Schuster to take over Augsburg hotseat.
  • The 48-year-old has been in charge at Darmstadt since 2012.
  • Guided Lilies from third tier to top flight.

FC Augsburg have confirmed that Dirk Schuster will take over as the club's new head coach.

The 48-year-old, who led SV Darmstadt 98 to survival in the 2015/16 Bundesliga campaign after inspiring the Lilies to back-to-back promotions to the top flight, has signed a three-year deal at the WWK ARENA.

"After an unforgettable and successful time at Darmstadt, I'm looking forward to a new challenge at Augsburg,'" said Schuster, who took over the Hesse club in 2012 with the 98ers marooned at the bottom of the third division.

"We're delighted to have found a coach that fits FC Augsburg's philosophy perfectly," said Stefan Reuter, Augsburg sporting director.

Markus Weinzierl - Schuster's predecessor - led Die Fuggerstädter to a 12th-placed finish last season, as well as the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 for the first time in the club's history.

Darmstadt have yet to announce who will succeed Schuster at the Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor.