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Indian origin Robin Dutt named new Werder Bremen coach

Indian origin Robin Dutt has been named the head coach of Bundesliga side SV Werder Bremen on Monday. Dutt has been the Director of Sports of the German FA, the Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB), since August 2012 when he succeeded Matthias Sammer.

“We in the chairmanship agree that this development doesn’t fit to the general job profile of a Director of Sports, which has the idea to specify and frame the sportive direction on a long-term and continuously,” DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach told in an official press release. “We reached the goals with Matthias Sammer, as he joined us in April 2006 and he accomplish the position for more than six years.”

“But we didn’t find any alternative in this case, as Robin Dutt strongly expressed his desire to work as a coach again. We wish him all the best for his career,” Nierbach added.

“We have signed our desired candidate in Robin Dutt. We are confident that we will have a successful re-start with him. We would like to thank the DFB that they made the move possible,” Werder Bremen’s CEO Thomas Eichin stated.

Robin Dutt said in a statement released by his new club: “I also would like to thank the DFB. On the one hand for their approach to meet my request and on the other hand for the appreciation, which I experienced from those responsible and my co-workers. I am very happy that I will be coaching again. Werder Bremen is a great club and it is an attractive task, which I will take on with a great vigour.”

The Cologne-born gaffer became the first Indian origin coach to be assigned with a coaching job in one of the top European football leagues, when he led SC Freiburg to the 1st Division Bundesliga in 2009 before he took over from Jupp Heynckes at Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 2011.

Robin Dutt will be officially presented by Werder Bremen during a press conference at the Weser Stadium tomorrow.