Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen has found a new coach. Swiss Gerardo Siwan will replace Hannes Wolff for the new season. The 42-year-old is from Young Boys Burn, and according to media reports, his transportation cost is € 1 million.
Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga has signed Gerardo Siwan from Switzerland as head coach for the new season. The 42-year-old comes from Swiss champion Young Boys Bern, holds a three-year contract and will replace coach Hannes Wolff at Werkself from the summer, who will again be the national U-19 coach. Bayer confirmed this on Wednesday.
“With Gerardo Siwan we want to attack again next season. He became the Swiss champion three times in a row with Young Boys and also won the Cup in 2020 – with an attractive and offensive game idea very close to our philosophy at Leverkusen,” said Bayer Sports Director Simon Rolfs.
According to media reports, Bayer is taking advantage of the Seoane exit clause and thus pays a transfer fee of around € 1 million. He has led Siwan Bern to the championship title in all seasons since taking office in 2018, and last year he also won the Swiss Cup with the Young Boys. For now, with one day before the end of the season, Bern is top of the standings with 28 points.
Seoane spoke of his “leap to the next level” at Leverkusen. “Of course, we the Swiss are always looking for the Bundesliga,” said the Swiss, who will be accompanied by his assistant Patrick Schnarweiler. “It’s a big European league, and Bayer 04 Leverkusen has always been ahead for many years.” Coach: “I find it very attractive to coach a team from the Bundesliga with this potential.”
In the last few months, Seoane has also traded with league rivals Borussia Monchengladbach and Eintracht Frankfurt, and has decided to choose Leverkusen. Meanwhile, Hannes Wolff expressed his “gratitude for the confidence” of the club: “I am now looking forward to returning to the German Football Association and working as coach of the German U-19 national team.”
Seoane is no stranger to Leverkusen. In the second round of the European League, the Young Boys surprisingly won in February with two victories over Bayer Leverkusen – 4: 3 in Bern and 2: 0 in Leverkusen. These defeats were also the cause of the end of the Bush term. Then Wolf took the reins as an interim solution, collecting 12 points from seven matches. Bayer will definitely qualify for the European League even before the last game of the day.
Athletic director Rudi Fuller awarded Woolf an effective and goal-oriented work certification. “We were injured. Hannes brought a new life to the team with his coaching team. Our idea worked. He will now return to the German Football Association as agreed. But I am convinced that we will soon see Hannes Wolf again in a professional club,” said Fuller.
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