TSG 1899 Hoffenheim have appointed Sebastian Hoeneß as their new first team head coach. The 38-year-old gaffer joins from the FC Bayern Munich Reserves Team and he has signed a three-year contract at the Bundesliga side. David Krecidlo (36) will be Hoeneß’ assistant coach, while Matthias Kaltenbach, Michael Rechner and Timo Gross remain part of the coaching staff.
“We’ve been in contact with Sebastian Hoeneß for quite some time now, as we’re impressed by his work and his understanding of football is a perfect fit for TSG’s philosophy and strategy,” said Alexander Rosen, Director of Football, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in a club statement. Rosen subsequently underlined the direct connection between the appointment of the former Hoffenheim player and “our clear path of always keeping professional football at TSG closely connected to our club identity. We want to continue to operate with a sense of proportion, develop players to a higher level and be synonymous with a clear playing style.”
“Sebastian has impressively proven that he can form young players into a highly-effective unit and develop them individually. He chose an attacking approach that was not only attractive but extraordinarily successful too.”
“We’re very happy to be moving forward with Sebastian,” Rosen continued. “We took the time to talk intensively about the club’s direction, objectives and other important details of our cooperation. We’re absolutely identical on many issues. In addition to this outstanding foundation content-wise, I’m personally looking forward to working with a really strong guy who fits in wonderfully with our coaching and back-room team.”
“We concentrated on very few candidates in our recruitment process and our preferred candidate will be our head coach from 2 August onwards.”
Talking on his new assignment, Sebastian Hoeneß said: “The job at TSG Hoffenheim is a big challenge and one that I’m looking forward to immensely. The basic philosophy of the club is identical to my idea of football – attacking, bold, versatile and always active. In addition, TSG Hoffenheim have put impressive foundations in place over the past few years to ensure that professional and youth footballers receive an optimal and lasting education.”
“We’re facing a challenging season, which is still shaped by the effects of the corona pandemic and in which complex tasks await us in the league, cup and Europa League. I’m very confident that together we will successfully overcome these demanding tasks.”
Hoeneß has played for various teams such as VfB Stuttgart (youth), Hertha BSC Reserves and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, before picking up his career as a coach. He has coached youth sides at Hertha Zehlendorf (U-19), RB Leipzig (U-17 & U-19) and FC Bayern Munich (U-19 & Reserves). The highly-talented coach has won the 2019-20 German 3rd Division (3. Liga) title with FC Bayern Reserves, besides clinching the “Coach of the Year” Award for his achievements in the same season.
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