COLOGNE, November 19 (2.Bundesliga) - Christoph Daum has become the new coach of German second-division side Cologne, despite twice turning down their advances.
The former Stuttgart and Bayer Leverkusen coach had ruled himself out of the running for the job at a press conference last Monday, following lengthy discussions with club president Wolfgang Overath and general manager Michael Meier.
Then, at another press conference later in the week, Daum reinforced his stance by revealing that he had turned down the job on health grounds.
The 53-year-old was speaking after undergoing emergency throat surgery and ruled himself out of any work for at least a fortnight.
But Daum seems to have had a change of heart and a statement on the club's official website confirmed Daum will take charge, most likely after the match against Greuther Fuerth on November 26.
He replaces Hanspeter Latour, who was sacked last week after a disappointing run of results.
``We hope that with this decision we have found the best solution for FC Cologne and for the team,'' Meier said.
Fifty-three-year-old Daum began his coaching career at Cologne in 1986.
In 2000, a positive test for cocaine use prevented him from taking up his appointment as the German national team coach.