Hoffenheim confirm 28-year-old Julian Nagelsmann as their new head coach
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 11/02/16 2:52pm
Bundesliga strugglers Hoffenheim have confirmed 28-year-old Julian Nagelsmann as their new head coach.
Nagelsmann had been due to take the role in July, with Huub Stevens tasked with keeping the club up this season.
However, Stevens resigned on Wednesday after less than four months in the role due to heart problems - and the club have decided U19 coach Nagelsmann will step up to the senior role early, on a three-year contract.
Hoffenheim's managing director Dr Peter Gorlich told the club's official website: "We have a duty of care to the club and of course the people involved.
"Together with Julian, we again carefully weighed up all the risks we considered in the autumn and have now decided the best way is for him to start earlier.
"He is keen and he can also give the team fresh impetus."
The club expect Nagelsmann to complete all the necessary coaching badges in the near future.
"It's a big challenge, of course, made harder by the current points situation," Nagelsmann added. "But I am looking forward to working with the team."
Hoffenheim are currently joint bottom of the Bundesliga table with Hannover, five points adrift of third bottom Werder Bremen - and Nagelsmann's first match in charge will be at Bremen on Saturday.