Former Czech Republic coach Karel Bruckner has been appointed the new boss of Austria.
Bruckner stepped down from his role in charge of his native country after the Czechs departed Euro 2008. He said at the time that he was looking forward to his retirement, but the lure of another international post has proved too hard to resist.
The 68-year-old coach succeeds Josef Hickersberger at the helm after co-hosts Austria failed to win a game at the European Championships.
“I am glad that we succeeded in signing on Karel Bruecker,” Austrian Football Federation head Friedrich Stickler told a news conference. “He is one of the most experienced national coaches in Europe.
“He has shown great experience and a good instinct with young players many times. That’s the guarantee that our restructuring and rejuvenation path of the last years will continue.”
Bruckner’s first game in charge of Austria will be a friendly against world champions Italy on 20th August.