Baum delight at being handed Augsburg reins

FC Augsburg manager Manuel Baum says he is pleased to have been given the opportunity to coach the Fuggerstadter until the end of 2016/17 after taking over from the sacked Dirk Schuster.

The 37-year-old took over the first-team reins earlier in December when the club decided to part ways with Schuster following their poor form. Thus far Baum has collected a win and a draw in his two games in charge as interim coach.

As such, Baum says he is delighted at being handed the opportunity. 

He told the Bundesliga's official website, "I've had a lot of fun. I'm pleased at the trust Augsburg have shown in me. I worked very hard with the team in the days leading up to the winter break, and I've had a lot of fun doing it. So I'm happy to stay on and continue my work as head coach."

Meanwhile, the club's sporting director Stefan Reuter outlined why he feels the Karl-Marx-Stadt-born mentor is the right man for the job. 

He said, "We're convinced that Baum is the right coach to take the FC Augsburg philosophy on board and move it forward."

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