Friday, 25th April, 2014

Red Bull Salzburg boss Roger Schmidt has been appointed as the new manager by Bayer Leverkusen on a two-year contract, after the German club sacked Sami Hyypia earlier this month.

Hyppia was relieved of his job as the head coach after Leverkusen’s 2-1 defeat against Hamburg in the first week of April, which saw the Bundesliga club slip out of the top four, and was replaced by Sacha Lewandowski to play out the remaining season at the end of which he will resume his role as the coach of the club’s junior team.

“We have opted for Roger Schmidt among many other possible alternatives as the new Bayer 04 coach”, the club’s managing director Michael Schade was quoted as saying by FIFA’s official site.

"He likes fast, attractive attacking football and we hope for a long-term co-operation with Schmidt.”


The German manager, who guided Salzburg to the Austrian title this year, will take over as the new season commences in the summer and is delighted at the opportunity.

"I look forward to the new challenge at a top club and I am happy to be able to work in the Bundesliga."

Leverkusen are currently fourth in the German league, and with just three more games to go this season, they look on track to qualify for the Champions League next year.

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