Former Germany international midfielder Torsten Frings has been named the new head coach of Bundesliga struggling team SV Darmstadt 98.
The 40-year-old has put pen to paper on an 18-month deal through to June 2018 and takes up the reins from Norbert Meier’s interim successor Ramon Berndroth.
“I’m delighted that the responsible parties at Darmstadt have put their faith in me,” Frings said at his unveiling.
“I’m itching to get going at this special club, who are a great match for my personality.”
Frings, who made 402 Bundesliga appearances as a player for SV Werder Bremen, Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich, acquired his coaching license during his time as assistant coach to Viktor Skripnik at Bremen since October 2014.
He was out of work since being dismissed as assistant coach of Werder Bremen together with boss Skripnik in September, and Darmstadt is his first position as head coach.
Nonetheless, the 40-year-old will have his work cut out with a side who are sitting at the bottom of the Bundesliga, eight points adrift of outright safety.
Darmstadt had been searching for a new coach after dismissing Norbert Meier in early December and promoting Ramon Berndroth as interim coach. However, their fortunes did not change for the better as Berndroth lost all three of his games in charge.
Darmstadt will hope to turn the corner with Frings leading his first training session on January 3, in preparation for the second half of the season.
The Lilies resume their Bundesliga campaign at home to 1. FC Koln on 21 January.