Surprise in the Austrian Bundesliga: Ex-rapid coach Didi Kühbauer returns to the sidelines after a five-month break and succeeds Andreas Wieland at the LASK. The black and white announced on Tuesday. The 51-year-old received a contract with the Linzern until the end of the 2023/24 season.
“In the past, Didi Kühbauer has proven that he can reach a team quickly and develop at the same time. Not only his successes at Rapid, but his statistics against LASK alone speaks for his qualities,” said sports director Radovan Vujanovic.
With Kühbauer, the LASK is still to qualify for European business. After the latest 0: 4 bankruptcy at WSG Tyrol, the athletics are currently in second place in the lower play-off. Should there be a defeat at Kühbauer’s premiere against TSV Hartberg on Saturday, the chances of the European Cup would be a long way off.
Kühbauer wants to call up “virtues”
“Due to its physical presence and fitness, the LASK was always one of the most unpleasant opponents in my time as a Bundesliga coach. These virtues have to be recalled in the current situation,” said Kühbauer, who together with his long-time assistant coach Manfred Nastl to Linz comes.
For Wieland, however, the time at the LASK came to an end. The 38-year-old took over the team on September interim of Dominik Thalhammer and received a contract in December until 2024. Except for the round of 16 in the Conference League, Wieland missed all season goals with the Upper Austrians.