Werder name Dutt as coach
Werder Bremen have appointed former Germany sporting director Robin Dutt as their coach on a three-year deal.
Thomas Schaaf stepped down by mutual consent after his side finished a disappointing 14th in the Bundesliga, four points clear of the two relegation places.
Dutt's last coaching position was at Bayer Leverkusen in 2011/12, but he was replaced by the combination of Sami Hyypia and Sascha Lewandowski.
He said it was an 'absolute highlight' of his life to be coaching Werder and spoke about how important he felt the club was in Germany.
"When you have a look at the last weeks of the season, with Werder in the relegation battle, how the club supported each other, all the fans that kept hanging in there, the team that stayed close, and not let it happen, and that's how I perceive Werder," Dutt said on Tuesday.
"It's a positive brand in the German football especially in the way they always have defined their football."
Schaaf was in charge of Werder for 14 years, but his time at the club ended in a relegation battle which they only just survived.
Werder Bremen general manager Thomas Eichin is delighted with the appointment of Dutt and is positive about the future.
"I have talked with a lot of you about what sort of coach I was looking for and I think what Robin just said speaks for itself and you know why he was my favourite candidate," he said.
"I think you can tell from the things he just said and I'm very happy that he's sitting next to me here and we're trying all together to achieve a new start. And I have a very good feeling about that."