Wolfsburg steals coach

VfL Wolfsburg made a somewhat surprise moved as they swooped and grabbed Dieter Hecking from 1.FC Nürnberg. GM Klaus Allofs originally had intended to “take his time” finding the right fit after Felix Magath got dumped, but interim coach Lothar Kostner apparently didn’t want the job long term (or perhaps wanted a more permanent arrangement). The German press was full of speculation that Bernd Schuster was the likely candidate, but apparently talks broke down.

Hecking wasn’t considered a candidate initially, but things moved rapidly, as initial talks were held Thursday, and he was announced on Friday. He’s done a reasonable job at Nürnberg, saving them from relegation a couple of seasons ago, and keeping them alive, despite essentially having to rebuild his team each year. Certainly he should be getting a hefty pay hike, and supposedly his personality should blend nicely with Allofs.

No announcement as to Hecking’s replacement at Nürnberg, although speculation is that der Club is looking internally at least for an interim assignment.

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