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Western Sydney Wanderers appoint ex-German international Markus Babbel as head coach

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WESTERN Sydney will undertake their A-League rebuild under former German international Markus Babbel.

After a month of hunting a successor for sacked Josep Gombau, the Wanderers have announced Babbel as their new coach and the man to steer the club through a period of rejuvenation.

The ex-Bayern Munich and Liverpool defender arrives in Australia flush with the pedigree of successful stints with German sides Hertha Berlin, Hoffenheim and VfB Stuttgart.

Most recently the 45-year-old managed Socceroos and former Wanderers striker Tomi Juric at Swiss outfit FC Luzern.

His best finish over three years with Luzern was third, but Babbel also led Hertha to Bundesliga promotion and qualified Stuttgart for Champions League football.

Wanderers chairman Paul Lederer labelled Babbel the right man for the club.

โ€œIn the next 18 months we will have our new training facility finished, our new stadium open and our club ready to take another giant,โ€ Lederer said. โ€œHaving a coach like Markus involved with this club will make us a force in this league as we strive to win trophies, return to the AFC Champions League and make a statement, not only in Australia, but internationally.โ€

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