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Hecking to be Gladbach German soccer coach

AAP logoAAP 22/12/2016 Barry Whelan

Borussia Moenchengladbach appointed Dieter Hecking as coach on Thursday, a day after dismissing Andre Schubert, the Bundesliga club said.

Hecking, 52, starting the German soccer league season in charge of Wolfsburg, has signed a contract until June 2019.

Moenchengladbach sports director Max Eberl said the club wanted to set a new impetus under Hecking after a poor run of results had left them fifth from bottom.

"Dieter Hecking is exactly the right man, a coach with a lot of experience, who has worked very successfully with various clubs at different levels," Eberl said.

Moenchengladbach have just one win and seven defeats from their past 11 league games, but are still in the German Cup and the Europa League, having dropped from the Champions League.

Hecking, who signed his first professional contract as a player with 'Gladbach in the early 1980s, had also coached Alemannia Aachen, Hanover and Nuremberg in the top flight.

He had been coach of Wolfsburg since the start of 2013 and enjoyed initial success, winning the German Cup in 2015 and finishing runners-up to Bayern Munich in the same season.

However, Wolfsburg parted company with the coach on October 17 after winning just one of seven league games.

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