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Indian origin Robin Dutt to coach Austrian Bundesliga side Wolfsberger AC!

Austrian Bundesliga side Wolfsberger AC have announced that Indian origin Robin Dutt will join the club as their new head coach in the summer ahead of the 2021/22 season.

For Robin Dutt the assignment in Austria would be the first foreign coaching job having so far only worked in Germany.

Wolfsberger AC president Dietmar Riegler said, “Robin Dutt was the favourite to coach from the start. In the past we had many good and productive conversations based on a high level of mutual respect. With his great experience and professionalism, he will help us to achieve our goals.”

Robin Dutt said, “Dietmar Riegler (president) and Christian Puff (vice-President) convinced me of this task both personally and sportingly, and I am looking forward to this task.”

Wolfsberger AC, who are currently fifth in the Austrian Bundesliga’s championship round, have not announced the length of the contract.

More about ROBIN DUTT

Robin was born in 1965 in Cologne to a German mother and an Indian Bengali father and was mainly brought-up in the southwest of Germany, in the Stuttgart region. As a football player he never made it big, playing amateur football in the fifth, sixth, seventh divisions.

Robin’s coaching career started with the TSG Leonberg whom he coached until 1999, while he was winding down his playing career and they gained promotion to the next higher division in the last year. He then joined TSF Ditzingen, first as their second team coach and then coaching the first team. This brought him for the first time into the limelight locally and he then went on to join former Bundesliga side Stuttgarter Kickers as their second team coach in summer 2002. Doing good work at the club, the Kickers gave Robin a chance as their first team coach on Oktober 28, 2003 and he would guide the club well with a young team in the Regionalliga (third division) in difficult times as the club didn’t have the necessary funds. The highlight came in the 2006/07 season when the Kickers beat Bundesliga side Hamburger SV 4-3 in extra time in the German Cup.

The name Robin Dutt was suddenly known across Germany. And the first offers from Bundesliga clubs came in. But Robin decided to take up the job at Bundesliga 2 club SC Freiburg in summer 2007. It was the end of an era as previous coach Volker Finke had coached Freiburg for 16 years. The going initially wasn’t easy for Robin, but in year two he was able to win the Bundesliga 2 title and Freiburg was back in the Bundesliga after four years.

After four years in Freiburg, Robin Dutt joined Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the summer of 2011, but he lost his job after only nine months.

Thereafter in August 2012 Robin was made the Director of Sports at the German FA (DFB), but only after a few months he realised that he preferred to be a coach on the touchline.

He left the DFB and joined Werder Bremen in May 2013, but after only 15 months in-charge he was released by them in October 2014.

Thereafter Robin Dutt became a Board Member at VfB Stuttgart in January 2015 but after relegation in May 2016 he was sacked from his post.

Robin then joined Bundesliga 2 side VfL Bochum in February 2018, but was fired in August 2019 after a series of four losses.

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