Thomas Letsch is the new coach of the Bundesliga soccer club VfL Bochum. As the bottom of the table announced on Thursday, the 54-year-old football coach from the Dutch first division club Vitesse Arnheim signed a contract until 2024. "Thomas Letsch is our dream solution for the position of head coach," commented VfL sports 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."
The Revierklub quickly found what they were looking for in the search for a successor to Thomas Reis, who was released after three years after the historic false start to the Bundesliga season with six defeats in six games and 4:18 goals on September 12th. 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's previous stations
In 2017 Letsch looked after the then second division club Erzgebirge Aue, 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 worked for five years in various positions at RB Salzburg and FC Liefering, which is also closely linked to the Red Bull Group.
"Our big goal is for VfL Bochum to play in the Bundesliga again 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," Letsch said of his upcoming task.