Bundesliga strugglers TSG Hoffenheim have appointed Pellegrino Matarazzo as their new head coach.
With two points from their previous nine games in the Bundesliga, Hoffenheim is only three points ahead of Stuttgart in the play-off spot for relegation.
After firing Andre Breitenreiter on Monday, Hoffenheim has turned to Matarazzo, an American-born player who was fired by Stuttgart four months prior.
“As I’ve been living in the region since 2017, I’ve witnessed TSG’s development first-hand even after my exit,” Matarazzo said after his appointment was confirmed on Wednesday.
“The situation is undoubtedly demanding. I’m convinced of the team’s quality and will approach the task full of verve and with great confidence.
“TSG is synonymous with offensive, courageous and fresh football. I want to quickly get the team back to playing the kind of football that has set them apart for many years.”
For his first game as head coach, a home game against Bayer Leverkusen at the weekend, Matarazzo will oversee his first practice on Wednesday and make his first appearance in the dugout on Saturday.