FC Schalke 04 have confirmed the appointment of Markus Weinzierl as their new head coach, the 41-year-old penning a three-year contract at the Gelsenkirchen-based side.
'A great challenge'
"I've been following his career for years," said Christian Heidel, who was only confirmed as Schalke's new sporting director last month. "We want a new start at Schalke, and Markus is the right man for the job."
Weinzierl led Augsburg to their highest-ever finish of fifth in the 2014/15 campaign, before guiding the club to the Round of 32 of this season's UEFA Europa League. The Straubing native will be expected to improve upon Schalke's own fifth-placed finish from 2015/16, which cost Andre Breitenreiter his job.
"To be in charge of Schalke is a great challenge which I'm completely up for," Weinzierl said. "I'm looking forward to the tasks ahead of me as well as [working with] the team. I'll be giving my all to make this partnership a successful one."