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His original profession is engineer. As player he played for SC Verl and SC Paderborn as midfielder. He started his career as manager with Delbrücker SC, went on to Preußen Münster and then to Paderborn 07. Since his time with Münster he is a professional manager.
His last manager job is with FC Red Bull Salzburg in the Bundesliga, the top level league in Austrian football. Although the team gained goal and point record they finished only second. Being in danger to lose his job a lot of the fans declared their solidarity.
In 2014, he transferred to Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
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