Schuster set for Wolfsburg job
Former Real Madrid boss Bernd Schuster is set to be the new Wolfsburg coach, according to media reports in Germany.
Caretaker boss Lorenz-Gunther Kostner guided the club to a 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen to reach the quarter-finals of the DFB Pokal, and afterwards spoke to the media as though it was his final match at the helm.
"That's a great ending," he said. "We have built a solid base for the second half of the season."
Various German papers report that former Real Madrid boss Bernd Schuster is set to sign a contract over the winter break. The 52-year-old has been without a job since getting sacked by Besiktas in March 2011. He had been a Wolfsburg target in 2005 and 2010, but now it looks like it will be third time lucky for the Wolves.
"I want to return to Germany," Schuster had told kicker in September. "The league appeals to me, Wolfsburg is an interesting club."
Schuster started his coaching career with then second-tier club Fortuna Koln, before heading to local rivals FC Koln in 1998. After two short and unsuccessful stints in the city, the former Germany star returned to Spain, where he had spent most of his career as a player. After leading unfashionable Getafe to the Copa del Rey final in 2007, he was appointed by Real Madrid where he lasted just 18 months.
Schuster - who according to Bild sources, is set to sign a contract until 2015 - has yet to prove he can develop a team. He has never worked for a club for longer than two years. It seems Wolfsburg, who according to kicker had also considered making offers for Mainz boss Thomas Tuchel, Nurnberg boss Dieter Hecking and Bremen legend Thomas Schaaf, have opted for the big name.