Valerien Ismael has been appointed as VfL Wolfsburg’s coach on a full-time basis after a successful interim period at the Volkswagen Arena.
“We have analysed the situation together and come to the conclusion that Valerien Ismael is the right coach for VfL Wolfsburg,” said sporting director Klaus Allofs. “Thorough examination of the other candidates showed that he is the best solution. We take this decision with real confidence.”
Ismael, a Bundesliga champion as a player with SV Werder Bremen and FC Bayern München, succeeded Dieter Hecking on an interim basis last month, and scored his first win on Saturday, with a Mario Gomez brace helping the Wolves to a 3-0 victory at SC Freiburg.
"I thank Klaus Allofs and all responsible for the confidence in my work and the chance to be able to continue working at this level,” said Ismael, who has signed a contract until 2018. “I know that we still have much work to do, but I am convinced that the team will pull together 100 per cent and that we will succeed together.”