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Women's Bundesliga: VfL Wolfsburg makes 31-year-old Stroot the new head coach


Despite great success, coach Stephan Lerch did not want to extend his contract with VfL. For him, Tommy Stroot comes from FC Twente - in the Champions League he was clearly inferior to his future club.

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Tommy Stroot: "At VfL, which is one of the best addresses in women's football, I get the chance to work with top international players and to play for titles"


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Tommy Stroot will be the new coach of the players of the German soccer champions VfL Wolfsburg for the 2021/2022 season.

The 31-year-old coach currently works for the Dutch FC Twente Enschede and, according to the club, received a two-year contract on Thursday.

With Stroot, who was born in Nordhorn, the Champions League finalist has found a successor for Stephan Lerch, who had not extended his contract.

"I am convinced that Tommy will continue the successful work of Stephan, and I am very happy that we were able to fill the important position of head coach as early as possible," said Sport Director Ralf Kellermann: "Especially with a view to further squad planning us that valuable planning security. "

Can Stroot continue the winning streak?

Stroot has been the coach of FC Twente since 2016, before that he was the coach of the then second division club SV Meppen.

With FC Twente he won the championship in 2019 and the league cup in 2020.

Stroot met his new club in the last Champions League season, but lost 6-0 and 1-0 to VfL with his players in the round of 16.

"At VfL, which is one of the best addresses in women's football, I get the chance to work with top international players and to play for titles," he was quoted as saying in a press release. 

Stroot follows in the footsteps of success coach Lerch, who became head coach at VfL in 2017 and won the championship and DFB Cup double three times in a row with the Wolves.

At the end of August, the team failed in the final of the Champions League to serial winner Olympique Lyon.

The 36-year-old had already turned down the offer to extend his contract, which expired on June 30, 2021, in mid-August.

He has decided "after eight wonderful years to take on a new challenge," Lerch is quoted in a statement.

"When I last renewed my contract, I agreed with the VfL executives that it would run until 2021, because this idea already played a role back then. It is currently open to me where it will continue from summer 2021" it continues.

He is said to have ambitions to work as a coach in men's football.

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Source: spiegel

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