Letsch new coach of VfL Bochum - "Our dream solution"
A good one and a half weeks after the separation from Thomas Reis, VfL Bochum presented a successor. Thomas Letsch should protect the bottom of the Bundesliga from relegation.
Thomas Letsch is the new coach of Bundesliga soccer club VfL Bochum. As the bottom of the Bundesliga table announced, the 54-year-old football teacher signed a contract with the Dutch first division club Vitesse Arnhem until 2024.
"Thomas Letsch is our dream solution for the position of head coach," commented VfL sporting director Patrick Fabian. He has the necessary experience in professional football and is able to form a team with a clear structure and game idea."
This means that the Revierclub is looking for a successor to Thomas Reis, who after the historic Bundesliga-False start with six defeats in six games and 4:18 goals on September 12 after three years, quickly found what they were looking for. In the last game against 1. FC Köln (1-1), U19 coach Heiko Butscher took care of the team on an interim basis and still scored the first point.
Letsch looked after the second division club Erzgebirge Aue in 2017, but was quickly put on leave after three defeats in three games. After that, the native of Esslinger Austria trained in Vienna and since 2020 Arnhem. In 2021 he reached the Dutch Cup final, which Arnhem lost 2-1 to Ajax Amsterdam. From 2012 to 2017, Letsch held various positions at RB Salzburg and the farm team FC Liefering for five years.
"Our big goal is that the VfL Bochum also play in the Bundesliga next season. We will work very hard for this. The fans have been exceptionally supportive of the team and we will continue to need that support. We will only be successful with cohesion and community," said Letsch, describing his upcoming task.