Wolfsburg turn to Labbadia in fight for Bundesliga survival

Bruno Labbadia is the man tasked with guiding Wolfsburg away from the Bundesliga relegation zone.

Wolfsburg turn to Labbadia in fight for Bundesliga survival

Wolfsburg have appointed Bruno Labbadia as their new head coach on an 18-month contract.

The 52-year-old takes charge at Volkswagen Arena following the sacking of Martin Schmidt on Monday.

Wolfsburg supporters display a huge club logo during the German Bundesliga soccer match between VfL Wolfsburg and FC Bayern Munich in Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg's loss to Bayern Munich last weekend left them 14th in the table, with just four wins from 23 matches.

"I feel well rested and look forward to working with my new team," Labbadia told the club's official website.

CEO Dr. Tim Schumacher added: "We're very pleased to have got Bruno Labbadia. Now we all have to look forward and meet our challenges with calm and togetherness."

Labbadia rescued Hamburg from dropping out of the Bundesliga in 2015, guiding them to victory in a relegation play-off against Karlsruhe before securing a 10th-place finish in the top flight in the following season.

He was sacked in September 2016 after a poor start to the 2016-17 campaign.

The former Bayer Leverkusen and Stuttgart boss will take charge of Wolfsburg for the first time in Friday's clash with Mainz, who are just a point below them in 16th place.