Stuttgart (dpa) – According to information from the dpa, Bruno Labbadia will once again be the coach of Bundesliga soccer club VfB Stuttgart. The 56-year-old’s return will be officially announced today. Labbadia was manager of the relegation-threatened club from 2010 to 2013. Most recently, the former international player was the manager of Hertha BSC for nine months until the end of January 2021.
VfB parted company with coach Pellegrino Matarazzo on October 10 after almost three years. Since then, the assistant coach of the Italian-American, Michael Wimmer, has taken care of the team. In the six Bundesliga games under his management, VfB celebrated three home wins and three away defeats. With 14 points, the Stuttgart team is currently in 16th relegation place and only one point ahead of the direct relegation zone.
This also answers the second central staff question at VfB before the start of training on December 12th. This was also the objective of the managing director Alexander Wehrle, who, when questioned by the German press agency, had always stressed that a decision would be taken “promptly”.
Just two days earlier, the club had announced the engagement of sporting director Fabian Wohlgemuth as Sven Mislintat’s successor. The Swabians separated from Mislintat after talks lasting several days and after about three and a half years. According to their own statements, VfB presented the 50-year-old with a “fair market offer to extend the contract”, which Mislintat refused. Wohlgemuth, who last worked at SC Paderborn in the 2nd Bundesliga, and Labbadia worked together at VfL Wolfsburg. The 43-year-old was in charge of the youth academy, Labbadia was under contract as a coach with Lower Saxony.