Augsburg to stick with Baum as manager

Bundesliga outfit Augsburg have confirmed that Manuel Baum will remain as permanent manager after a caretaker spell in charge.

Youth-team coach Baum was promoted to interim boss after the departure of Dirk Schuster earlier this month, and he then recorded four points from his two games at the helm.

Victory over Borussia Moenchengladbach and a draw against Borussia Dortmund has moved Augsburg away from the relegation zone and persuaded the club’s hierarchy to stick with Baum until at least the end of the season.

"I am delighted in the trust shown in me by the FCA officials," said Baum.

"The work with the team before the winter break was very intense, but I enjoyed it a lot, and am looking forward to continuing this work as head coach."

Sporting director Stefan Reuter added: "We are convinced that Manuel Baum is the correct coach to further implement the philosophy of FC Augsburg and help bring the club forward.

"This is why we have given him a long-term deal.

“He will not need a major adaptation period, as he has already been at the club for the last two and a half years and showed that he can successfully carry out the club's ideals with the younger teams."