Wolfsburg have announced the appointment of Mark van Bommel as the club’s new head coach.
Van Bommel replaces Oliver Glasner who left to take over at Eintracht Frankfurt. The Dutchman knows the Bundesliga well having spent some of his playing career in Germany.
His arrival completes the crazy managerial merry-go-round in the Bundesliga with seven of the top eight now confirmed to be starting next season with new managers.
The 44-year-old has signed a two-year deal at the Volkswagen Arena.
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The Dutchman knows all about the Bundesliga having spent five trophy-laden years at Bayern Munich, making a name for himself as a leader and no-nonsense midfielder.
Since retiring in 2013, Van Bommel has coached both domestically and internationally. Upon retiring, he became the U17s assistant manager for the Dutch national side. He soon became assistant to Bert van Marwijk who had taken over the Saudi Arabia national side.
Following a stint as Australia assistant manager, Van Bommel was given the top job at PSV Eindhoven in June 2018. He lasted 18 months in the role before being sacked in December 2019.
He now returns to club management and certainly has an exciting job to walk into. Van Bommel inherits a Wolfsburg side gearing up for a first Champions League campaign in six years. His predecessor, Oliver Glasner, secured a fourth-place finish and now Van Bommel is gearing up for the challenge ahead.
The Wolves are relishing the new season and expect a few new faces to help Wolfsburg challenge on all fronts. Van Bommel will be assisted by Michael Frontzeck and Kevin Hofland who also have plenty of Bundesliga experience. The Dutchman’s coaching staff is completed by PSV duo Alex Abresch and Vincent Heilmann.
Van Bommel is refreshed and raring to go as he gets ready to take over the Wolves. Wolfsburg have moved swiftly to replace Glasner and now they have time to shape the squad for the challenges ahead.