Bremen - There were good and bad tidings coming out of the SV Werder Bremen camp on Thursday, as news of Franco Di Santo being ruled out until the new year was offset by head coach Viktor Skripnik putting pen to paper on a long-term deal with the club.

Bremen’s top goalscorer was ruled out of Matchday 12’s Nordderby defeat to Hamburger SV after straining his anterior cruciate ligament in training, but his recovery has not gone as planned. “We’re not expecting to be able to call on him for the rest of the Hinrunde,” admitted sporting director Thomas Eichin.

Skripnik and Co. sign the dotted line


Eichin was, however, able to share some positive news ahead of the Matchday 13 clash with SC Paderborn 07, announcing that Skripnik and assistant coach Thorsten Frings had both agreed to three-year contracts with the Werderaner. “I’m certain that we’re set-up very well with the coaching staff we have in place,” continued Eichin. “Now we’re together we can look to the future and want to conquer the challenges that lie ahead in the coming years.”

Skripnik’s remit of steering Werder to safety was clear when he assumed the role left vacant by Robin Dutt’s departure and the 45-year-old, who was on the North German outfit’s books as a player between 1996 and 2004, has not lost faith that his coaching team can ensure Bundesliga survival.

“We’re delighted that this trust has been placed in us,” admitted Skripnik speaking on behalf of Frings, Florian Kohfeldt and Christian Vander. “We are connected by an incredibly strong identification with this club. We will be doing everything in our power to get the club back on a successful path. We want to get ourselves out of the relegation battle as quickly as possible and continue developing this side.”