Jürgen Kramny has been appointed as the new full-time coach of VfB Stuttgart on a contract until 2017, after impressing as an interim coach since Matchday 14.
Winter break plans
The 44-year-old won his first game in charge against VfL Wolfsburg on Matchday 17, having lost one match and drawn a further two since replacing Alexander Zorniger in the dugout at the end of November. The win over the Wolves lifted the Swabians out of the bottom three ahead of the winter break.
"We want to take this momentum we have gained under Kramny and his coaching team into 2016 with us," said Stuttgart's sporting director Robin Dutt.
Kramny will now be in charge to welcome the squad back from their winter holidays on January 4 before taking his charges into a nine-day training camp in Belek, Turkey, a day later. Their first competitive fixture of 2016 is at 1. FC Köln on January 23.
Kramny's contract as Stuttgart's head coach runs until 2017.