Stanislawski set for summer move to 1899

The speculation is over after it was confirmed that Holger Stanislawski will take over from the departing Marco Pezzaiuoli as the head coach of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the summer. The FC St. Pauli manager has agreed to a long-term contract lasting until 30.06.2014 with the Kraichgau outfit.

The 41-year old Hamburg native and former FC St. Pauli player, has been managing the right-wing outfit since 2006 having made 260 appearances, scoring 18 goals, during his 11 seasons with club between 1993 and 2004. In November 2006 the St. Pauli veteran took control of the team whilst they were still in the lower echelons of German football. However, since then, Stanislawski has earned his coaching badges and guided his side back into the top tier of German football after an 8-year absence. He was also at the helm when St. Pauli beat bitter local rivals Hamburger SV for the first time since 1977.

"Holger Stanislawski is without a doubt one of the more extravagant managerial personalities in the Bundesliga", stated 1899-manager Ernst Tanner. "His ability to lead a team was proven by earning promotion into the Bundesliga with St. Pauli. On top of that he understands how to nurture younger players into top professional footballers. With his mild-mannered and straightforward way of doing things the fans, players and staff have always held him in high esteem. After nearly 20 years with St. Pauli, Stanislawski made it known he was looking for a new challenge and we're delighted that he decided 1899 Hoffenheim was the team to provide it."

Stanislawski, himself, had this to say about the task ahead: "Naturally, it's difficult for me to leave Hamburg after spending so many years here. However, I believe that the time is right for me to find a new and exciting challenge. The meetings I had with those in charge at 1899 Hoffenheim really impressed me and were a deciding factor. Nevertheless, before I make the switch to my new club, I'm fully focused on finishing the season strongly and keeping St. Pauli in the top division."


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