Official: Peter Bosz named new Bayer Leverkusen coach

DORTMUND, GERMANY - DECEMBER 09: Coach Peter Bosz of Dortmund before the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and SV Werder Bremen at Signal Iduna Park on December 9, 2017 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images )

Former Borussia Dortmund manager Peter Bosz has replaced Heiko Herrlich as new head coach of Bayer Leverkusen

Despite securing a third win from their last four games in Saturday’s triumph over Hertha Berlin, Herrlich has been released by Leverkusen.

This comes following the club’s poor start to the season, which saw them lose their opening three games, and leaves Leverkusen down in ninth-place in the Bundesliga.

Now Die Werkself have turned to Bosz to change their fortunes, despite his poor spell in charge of Dortmund in 2017 – which saw him win just eight of his 24 games.

“Heiko Herrlich gave our team an important boost last year after a very difficult season,” Sporting director Rudi Voller said on the club website.

“Until the end, we had the conviction and the will to make it with him as head coach. Unfortunately, a stagnation in the development of the team is no longer deniable.”

Another sporting director in Simon Rolfes added: “Bosz stands for offensive, fast-paced and inspiring football.

“He has always shown a special passion for working with young players, that’s why he fits in very well with us.”

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Bosz’s most successful managerial spell in football came at Dutch giants Ajax between 2016 to 2017.

The Dutchman won 36 of his 56 games in charge of Ajax and led them to the Europa League final in his only season at the club, which they lost 2-0 to Manchester United.

Bosz has agreed on a contract at Leverkusen until June 2020 and his first game will be against Borussia Monchengladbach on January 19.

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