Schalke have appointed Ralf Rangnick as coach, a day after firing Felix Magath.
“The 52-year-old signed a contract until 2014,” the Bundesliga club said in a statement, adding that he would be on the bench for the first time against St Pauli on April 1.
Interim coach Seppo Eichkorn will take charge for Sunday’s game against Bayer Leverkusen.
“Rangnick will be officially presented on Monday,” Schalke said.
Rangnick coached Schalke from September 2004 to December 2005, steering them to the German Cup final and the Bundesliga runners-up spot.
Rangnick’s most recent job was with Hoffenheim where he took over in 2006 with the team in the regional division. He led them to two promotions and into the Bundesliga before leaving in January.