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Hecking leaves Nürnberg to take Wolfsburg reins

Saturday 22 December 2012 19.15 CET
Dieter Hecking has left Nürnberg to take over at Wolfsburg

Dieter Hecking has left 1. FC Nürnberg to take over as the new coach of VfL Wolfsburg on a deal that runs until 2016.

Lorenz-Günther Köstner has been in caretaker charge of Wolfsburg since Felix Magath parted company with the club in October. Hecking has now assumed the role on a permanent basis, bringing an end to his three-year spell in charge of Nürnberg. Hecking will be presented in the coming days according to a statement on the official Wolfsburg website.

"I had a good conversation with [sporting director] Klaus Allofs," said 48-year-old Hecking. "He explained why he absolutely wanted to have me there and pointed out the potential. It's another step for me as a manager. Of course the financial and family aspects play a role too."

With the German top flight currently on its winter break, Wolfsburg are 15th, a place and a point below Nürnberg. Hecking's first game with his new employers will be at home to VfB Stuttgart on 19 January.

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