VfL Bochum has signed Thomas Letsch as their new coach. The club announced this on Thursday. The 54-year-old comes from the Dutch first division club Vitesse Arnhem and has a contract with the Westphalians until 2024.
“Of course I’m looking forward to getting to know the new team quickly and to tackling the upcoming tasks together with the team,” said Letsch. “Our big goal is for VfL Bochum to play in the Bundesliga again next season. We will work very hard for that.”
Letsch, for whom a transfer fee was due, is following in the footsteps of Thomas Reis at VfL, who had to leave last week after a historic false start to the season. In the meantime, Heiko Butscher looked after Bochum, Letsch will lead his first training session at the bottom of the Bundesliga next Monday.
Patrick Fabian, Bochum’s sporting director, meanwhile described Letsch as the “ideal solution” and added: “We are confident that, as a very communicative coach, he will be able to give the team new impetus and, together with the entire team, the staff and the support the fans to achieve the turnaround.”
The football coach Letsch had worked for Erzgebirge Aue, Austria Vienna and in various positions at RB Salzburg. The native of Esslingen has been a trainer at Vitesse since July 1, 2020 and had a contract there until the end of the season.