Hannover appoint Schaaf

Hannover 96 have announced Thomas Schaaf as their new manager on an 18-month contract, replacing Michael Frontzeck at HDI-Arena. 

Frontzeck resigned after their 1-0 loss to Bayern München, their sixth defeat in their last seven games, left Die Roten second from last in the Bundesliga standings heading into the winter break.

The 54-year-old Schaaf is now tasked with avoiding the drop, and the former Bremen and Eintracht Frankfurt boss, who left the latter in May, says that he is up for the challenge.

"I've had some encouraging conversations with the club bosses in the last few days," he said. "I know how difficult the task before me is, but nevertheless, I'm looking forward to the challenge of helping the team stay up."

"I felt from the very first few conversations we had that Thomas could identify completely with this job," added sporting director Martin Bader. "He has been a successful coach in the Bundesliga for many years and his energy and experience speak for themselves."

Schaaf is one of Germany's most experienced coaches, with over 500 Bundesliga matches under his belt, and will have plenty of time to prepare for when the campaign resumes against Darmstadt on 23 January.