Kramny officially takes over at Stuttgart

Jurgen Kramny has been given the role of head coach at VfB Stuttgart on a permanent basis after impressing as the caretaker coach over the last few weeks.

The 44-year-old, who was the club's reserve team coach, stepped in on an interim basis in November when Alexander Zorniger was dismissed for poor performance.

Kramny has impressed during the five matches he has been in charge, winning two, drawing two and losing just one, convincing the club's hierarchy to offer him the top job on a permanent basis.

His contract has been adjusted to incorporate his new role and has been extended to June 2017.

Stuttgart, along with the rest of the German league, are currently on their winter break until 23 January, which gives Kramney some more time to get to know his players.

According to the club's website, they will be on a training camp in Belek, Turkey from 4-15 January ahead of their return to Bundesliga action against Koln.

"The club has given me confidence and for that, I thank you warmly. It's a big responsibility, especially in the current situation. We're hot on the task," Kramney told Goal.