VfB Stuttgart have appointed former Schalke and Augsburg boss Markus Weinzierl as their new head coach, just two days after parting ways with Tayfun Korkut.
Weinzierl, 43, has been out of work since being dismissed by Schalke in June 2017 after his one season in charge ended in a 10th-placed finish. He previously enjoyed four years at the helm of Augsburg, whom he took into Europe for the first time in 2015, and has also coached Jahn Regensburg. The former Bayern Munich and Stuttgarter Kickers midfielder has signed a contract through to 30 June 2020.
"I’m really looking forward to the task," Weinzierl told Stuttgart’s official club website. "VfB are a big club, who are in a difficult situation, but I’m convinced of the potential of the team and the club. I’ve been following the Bundesliga intensively over the past few months and can’t wait to get started with my new team."
Stuttgart’s decision to relieve Korkut of his duties comes on the back of a hugely disappointing start to 2018/19. Die Schwaben finished seventh last season, but have won just once so far this term, beating ten-man Werder Bremen, and currently sit bottom of the standings with five points from their opening seven matches. They also lost to Third Division outfit Hansa Rostock in the DFB Cup first round.
Stuttgart host Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund in Weinzierl’s first game in charge on 20 October.