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Hertha choose Skibbe to succeed Babbel

Published: Thursday 22 December 2011, 15.41CET
New Hertha BSC Berlin coach Michael Skibbe said he wants "to play attractive football" after signing a two-and-half-year deal to return to the Bundesliga as Markus Babbel's successor.
by Steffen Potter
Hertha choose Skibbe to succeed Babbel
Michael Skibbe has taken charge of Hertha following Markus Babbel's exit ©Getty Images
Published: Thursday 22 December 2011, 15.41CET

Hertha choose Skibbe to succeed Babbel

New Hertha BSC Berlin coach Michael Skibbe said he wants "to play attractive football" after signing a two-and-half-year deal to return to the Bundesliga as Markus Babbel's successor.

Hertha BSC Berlin have named Michael Skibbe as their new coach with the 46-year-old signing a two-and-a-half-year deal to replace Markus Babbel, who was relieved of his duties on 18 December.

The former Borussia Dortmund and Bayer 04 Leverkusen coach used a clause in his contract to leave his post at Turkish side Eskişehirspor and is eager to get going in his new role. "I am looking forward to working in Berlin," said Skibbe, who will have to appoint a new assistant after caretaker Rainer Widmayer was released by the club.

"I want to play attractive football with Hertha and to establish the team in the Bundesliga in the second half of the season," he said. "Hertha has a big reputation in German football and in the long term the club has to get back to where it belongs: in the top third of the Bundesliga."

The Berlin club currently sit 11th in the Bundesliga with four wins and 20 points from their opening 17 games. They reached the quarter-finals of the German Cup with a 3-1 victory against 1. FC Kaiserslautern on Wednesday night.

Last updated: 22/12/11 16.23CET

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