Dufner, who had his contract with SC Freiburg terminated earlier this week, has signed a contract until 2016 with the Reds and will commence work immediately.
“Dirk Dufner has all of the qualities and attributes that we expect from a sporting director,” said Hannover president Martin Kind. “He has an expert competence, a strong personality and many years of experience in the Bundesliga, as well as in youth development. I am looking forward to working with him and am pleased that I have been able to convince him to come to Hannover so quickly.”
Dufner, who studied law, spent three years in a managerial role with VfB Stuttgart before working as sporting director at 1860 Munich between April 2000 and June 2004. He more recently fulfilled a similar role with Freiburg before his contract was terminated on Monday. “My talks with Martin Kind were based on trust and they were very constructive,” said the 45-year-old.
Spectator on Friday
Dufner will attend Hannover’s away game at Greuther Fürth on Friday night and will watch the game from the stands. “It is going to be a great challenge with Hannover 96 and I am looking forward to it," he added. ”I am going to put everything into this job, starting straight away.”
A press conference is due to take place at 11.30 CET on Thursday morning, where Dufner will be officially unveiled to the media.