After Thomas Reis was dismissed, Bochum officially named 54-year-old Thomas Leitch as its new head coach.
The official statement also stated that the contract with Leitch was for two years, until June 30, 2024.
— VfL Bochum 1848 (@VfLBochum1848EN) September 22, 2022
Thomas Leitch‘s coaching career began in 1997 with a lower-level team – VfB Oberesslingen-Zell. From 2001 to 2022, he coached St. Kickers II, Union Heilbronn, Sonnenhof-Gr., Salzburg RB Youth Team, Liefering, Erzgebirge Aue, Austria Vienna, and Vitesse, leading the team to win 1 Württemberg Cup (Sonnenhof-Gr.) and 3 Austrian Youth League Championships (Salzburg RB Youth Team).
Led the team to avoid relegation
Bochum is the newly-promoted team of the Bundesliga this season and is currently at the bottom of the league with a record of 1 draw, 6 losses, and 1 point. They hope that the arrival of Leitch can help the team avoid relegation, and Leitch himself is well aware of this.
“I hope to get to know the new team in a short time and to work with them on the tasks of the upcoming season,” he said. “Our goal is to keep Bochum in the Bundesliga next season. For this, we will do our best. All out.”
Turn fan support into motivation
“The fans have always gone out of their way to support the team and we will continue to need everyone’s support,” Leitch said. “Only cohesion and community will allow us to succeed.”
Leitch will keep Bochum on track
In addition to leading Bochum to avoid relegation, sporting general manager Patrick Fabian believes that Lecci’s characteristics will bring positive changes to Bochum. He said: “Thomas Leitch is our first choice for the head coaching position. He has the necessary experience in professional football to build a team with a clear structure and a clear idea of the game. In previous roles, he has also Always pushed talented players to keep improving.”
“We believe that, as a coach who is good at communicating, he will succeed in bringing new impetus to the team, thus ushering in a turnaround with the team, staff, and fans.”