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Leverkusen entice Schmidt away from Salzburg

Published: Friday 25 April 2014, 16.42CET
Roger Schmidt – who has guided FC Salzburg to the Austrian title this season – will coach Bayer 04 Leverkusen next term, sporting director Rudi Völler describing him as a "perfect fit".
Leverkusen entice Schmidt away from Salzburg
Roger Schmidt will take the reins at Leverkusen in the summer ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Friday 25 April 2014, 16.42CET

Leverkusen entice Schmidt away from Salzburg

Roger Schmidt – who has guided FC Salzburg to the Austrian title this season – will coach Bayer 04 Leverkusen next term, sporting director Rudi Völler describing him as a "perfect fit".

Bayer 04 Leverkusen have confirmed Roger Schmidt as their new coach for the 2014/15 season. The FC Salzburg trainer is an "ideal fit", according to sporting director Rudi Völler.

Schmidt has signed a two-year deal with the Werkself. His arrival means Sascha Lewandowski, currently serving as caretaker following the departure of Sami Hyypiä earlier this month, will step down to assume his preferred role as head of youth. Völler said: "We carefully observed the market and quickly focussed on Roger Schmidt. His style of football is an ideal fit for Bayer 04 Leverkusen."

The 47-year-old, who caught the eye in Germany while in charge of 2. Bundesliga outfit SC Paderborn, has been at the Salzburg helm since June 2012. Following a runners-up finish in his first campaign, the Austrian side stormed to the league title this term, wrapping it up with eight matches to spare, and also reached the UEFA Europa League round of 16.

"I am looking forward to the new challenge at a top club and am very happy that I will be working in the Bundesliga soon," said Schmidt.

Last updated: 25/04/14 16.44CET

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