Littbarski links up with McLaren

Wolfsburg have appointed Pierre Littbarski as Steve McClaren's right-hand man at the Bundesliga club. The 1990 FIFA World Cup™ winner will work as assistant coach from next season after spells in charge of Yokohama, Sydney, Avispa Fukuoka, Saipa Tehran and, more recently, FC Vaduz in the Swiss league.

The appointment marks his return to Germany after seven years away, having previously spent 18 months at the helm of MSV Duisburg. "This return to the Bundesliga is a dream come true for me," admitted the 50-year-old. "After talking with Steve McClaren, I knew the chemistry between us was right. And of course it is an attractive challenge to work at a very ambitious club like Wolfsburg."

After talking with Steve McClaren, I knew the chemistry between us was right.
Pierre Littbarski, Wolfsburg assistant coach

McClaren also said he had clicked with Littbarski right from their very first meeting. "I have always stressed that the team off the field is equally important as the team on it," said the first English coach in the Bundesliga.

"We had a good discussion about what his tasks will be and I liked Pierre straight away. His immense experience makes him a perfect solution for this position, especially since he can help me a lot with his knowledge of English, until I get a grasp of German."

Breaking the language barrier was the priority of the Wolves' managing director, Dieter Hoeness, which is why Littbarski was his ideal candidate. He said: "He speaks the language of the players and he also speaks the language of the coach."