Western Sydney Wanderers appoint German international Markus Babbel as their new coach

Markus Babbel Western Sydney Wanderers
The red and black have secured a coup in nabbing the former German international

Western Sydney Wanderers have appointed former German international Markus Babbel as their new manager.

The 45-year-old, who was capped 51 times for Germany, has signed a three-year deal to take over from Josep Gombau.

Babbel has extensive managerial experience in Europe having been at the helm of German Bundesliga clubs Stuttgart, Hertha Berlin and Hoffenheim, while most recently being in charge of Swiss side FC Luzern, who have Socceroo striker Tomi Juric on their books.

He also has a huge array of honours as a player, winning the Bundesliga four times with Bayern Munich and Stuttgart, lifting an FA Cup with Liverpool, and clinching a European Championship with Germany in 1996.

"I said to my wife, I have a good feeling about this and I'm ready for a new experience and I would like to say thank you for the club for trusting in me," Babbel said at his welcoming press conference.

"The vision here is to have big success. I know it isn't an easy league but we want to be on the top.

"It wasn't a difficult decision to come to the Wanderers, I am looking forward to the challenge."

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Previous coach Gombau was sacked at the end of the recent season after failing to guide the red and black to the finals, with poor results and questionable relationships with his players seeing the Spaniard depart.

Gombau had arrived as the result of inaugural coach Tony Popovic's shock departure at the start of the A-League campaign as he pursued an opportunity in Turkey.

Popovic is now back in the A-League in charge of Perth Glory and was reportedly not contacted about reclaiming his position in Western Sydney.