FC Schalke 04 have unveiled Domenico Tedesco as their new head coach for the upcoming Bundesliga season.
The 31-year-old replaces Markus Weinzierl, who led the club to a 10th-placed finish last term.
Tedesco joins from 2nd Bundesliga side FC Ore Mountains Aue.
With Schalke missing out on European football for the first time since the 2008-2009 season, Tedesco's mandate is to ensure they finish in the European places next season.
Sporting director Christian Heidel told the club's official website: "I'd like to start by thanking Markus Weinzierl. It was a difficult decision to choose this path.
"It's obvious that the direction we want to be heading in is towards Europe.
"And Tedesco evidently agrees that Schalke should be aiming high.
The new manager added he was very much looking forward to the challenge that awaits him at Die Königsblauen.
He said: "I've been at Schalke since last week and have got to know my colleagues. I have a very good feeling.
"I would like to thank FC Erzgebirge Aue and the coaching team. Aue gave me my first chance in professional football."
He added: "We need a strong group, a strong team behind the team.
"Schalke is no ordinary club. I wouldn't have given up my job at Aue for any old club.
"I want to get to know the staff, the team and the structure here first. For me, that's the foundation for a successful job.
"The quality of the players is paramount. We will create the conditions for these qualities to flourish."