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Jens Lehmann joins Augsburg’s coaching staff

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Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has signed up to join FC Augsburg’s coaching staff in the Bundesliga.

The German, who retired from playing football in 2011, had been a part of Arsene Wenger’s backroom star at Arsenal before Unai Emery’s arrival at the Emirates Stadium last summer.

Now Lehmann has decided to join Augsburg until the end of the 2019/20 season, where he will form part of Manuel Baum’s coaching team at the Augsburg Arena.

“FC Augsburg have developed incredibly in recent years,” Lehmann told the club website.

“This is a brilliant opportunity for me to work as an assistant coach in the Bundesliga and to help the players reach their potential on the pitch.”

Head coach Baum is delighted with Augsburg’s capture of the two-time UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year winner and is looking forward to working alongside him.

“I am delighted to announce that Jens Lehmann will join the club as an assistant coach,” said Baum.

“He is an expert of the game, who possesses a lot of experience. I look forward to working with him and I’m sure he will enhance our team and our work on and off the pitch.”

General manager Stefan Reuter added: “A coaching team has to work on so many diverse and thorough tasks.

“Therefore, we came to the conclusion that we wanted to expand our coaching team to specialise into different activities.

“Appointing Jens Lehmann is absolutely incredible! He will work alongside Manuel Baum to develop our squad each day both on and off the pitch.”

After starting out his career at Schalke 04, Lehmann went on to play for AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal and VfB Stuttgart.

It was at Arsenal where Lehmann enjoyed the most successful period in his professional career, where he made 200 appearances in two separate spells and formed part of the “invincibles” that went the entire 2003/03 Premier League unbeaten.

Now Augsburg will hope the former Germany international will be up to the challenge of helping them on improve on their 15th-place in the Bundesliga.

Baum’s side have lost seven and drawn three of their last 10 games and sit just a point above Stuttgart from a relegation playoff spot.