German side Schalke 04 have announced the appointment of former Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner as head coach ahead of the 2019/20 season.
Wagner takes over from interim manager Huub Stevens, who was appointed following the sacking of Domenico Tedesco in March. Wagner, who left Huddersfield by mutual consent in January, has signed a three-year contract that ties him down until 2022.
Schalke have endured a miserable campaign following their impressive second-placed finish under young Tedesco last season. The Ruhr valley club sit 15th in the Bundesliga table, having accumulated just 31 points.
Upon announcement of Wagner's appointment, sporting director Jochen Schneider said:
Schalke remain one of Germany's biggest clubs despite their poor season, and Premier League fans may be slightly surprised by the appointment due to the hopeless form of Wagner's Huddersfield this campaign.
Wager, who made 36 appearances for Schalke between 1995 and 1997, said: