Soccer Bundesliga: Thomas Letsch new coach at VfL Bochum – Soccer

Thomas Letsch is the new coach at VfL Bochum. Photo: dpa/Frank Rumpenhorst


VfL Bochum has found a successor to Thomas Reis and hired Thomas Letsch as the new coach. Born in Esslingen, he came from Dutch first division club Vitesse Arnhem.

Bundesliga club VfL Bochum have hired Thomas Letsch as their new coach. The club announced this on Thursday. The 54-year-old comes from top Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem and has a contract with the Westphalians until 2024.

Letsch, who set the transfer fee, is following in the footsteps of Thomas Reis at VfL, who had to leave last week after a historically false start to the season. In the meantime, Heiko Butscher takes care of Bochum, Letsch will lead his first training session next Monday.

In 2021 Letsch reached the Dutch Cup final

Football coach Letsch took charge of second division team Erzgebirge Aue in 2017, but was quickly sacked after three wins in three games. Then the native of Esslinger Austria was trained in Vienna and since 2020 in Arnhem. In 2021 he reached the final of the Dutch Cup, which Arnhem lost to Ajax Amsterdam 2-1. From 2012 to 2017, Letsch held various positions at RB Salzburg and farm team FC Liefering for five years.

“Our main goal is to have VfL Bochum play in the Bundesliga again next season. We will work very hard for this. The fans have given the team exceptional support and we will continue to need that support. We will only succeed with unity and community,” Letsch said about his upcoming work.



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