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Bundesliga strugglers Hoffenheim take big risk & bring in 28-year-old as new manager

Julian Nagelsmann has been parachuted in ahead of schedule.

EARLIER THIS SEASON, Hoffenheim revealed that 28-year-old Julian Nagelsmann would take over as manager from Huub Stevens at the end of the season.

Stevens only arrived in October after Markus Gisdol was sacked because of the team’s poor start.

But now, because of health issues, Stevens has had to step down and Nagelsmann has been parachuted in to try and make some miracles happen.

The side are currently second from bottom, having won just twice from 20 league games.

Nagelsmann’s own playing career was ended due to injury when he was 20 and since then, he’s busied himself with coaching.

Germany Soccer Hoffenheim Stevens Nagelsmann will become Hoffenheim's third manager this season after Markus Gisdol and Huub Stevens (above) Source: Michael Probst/AP/Press Association Images

In early 2013, when he was just 25, he was brought in as an assistant to the senior team when Hoffenheim were embroiled in a relegation battle.

So, he does have that experience to draw upon but acknowledges how much of a challenge he’s facing into.

It’s a massive challenge, made worse by the position in the table”, he said.

“I’m looking forward to working with the team and giving them fresh impetus my way.”

Nagelsmann’s first assignment is a trip to Werder Bremen this weekend.

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