Stuttgart have today confirmed that Bruno Labbadia will take over as their new head coach, signing a contract until June 2025 and replacing Michael Wimmer who was in interim charge.
Speaking on his appointment, Labbadia said: “Everyone knows VfB are not just another club to me. I spent a very important period of my coaching career in Stuttgart for almost three years and now I’d like to contribute to VfB staying in the Bundesliga. We’ll get to work right away and get everything ready for the start of training on 12 December. We’ll quickly get an overview of the team’s performance level and work hard and with great pleasure every day to make progress.”
This is Labbadia’s second time at VfB having originally taken charge in 2010 where he guided Stuttgart to their most recent Europa League campaign. Labbadia’s last job in coaching was at Hertha Berlin where he was head coach from April 2020 until January 2021.
With Labbadia’s appointment, Michael Wimmer leaves the club on a permanent basis and his three and half year spell at the club comes to an end. Wimmer was in interim charge after Pellegrino Matarazzo was sacked after continued poor form for VfB.
This appointment comes after VfB last week announced Fabian Wohlgemuth as Sporting Director, taking over from Sven Mislintat.
VfB currently find themselves in 16th, the relegation playoff, after 15 games, one point ahead of Bochum. Labbadia’s first game in charge will be against Mainz on January 21.
GGFN | Jack Meenan