Kurt Russ succeeds Markus Schopp as trainer of TSV Hartberg. The Bundesliga club announced this on Wednesday evening.

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The 56-year-old Russ already worked as an assistant coach for the East Styrians last season. Schopp had left TSV on Tuesday and hired the English second division club Barnsley. As an assistant coach, Russ will in future be at his side for ex-professional Andreas Lienhart, who is moving directly from the football field to the coaching bench.

Russ thanked him for the chance Hartberg offered him. “It’s a huge thing for me and has always been my big goal. I was able to take a lot with me from working with Markus (note: Schopp) and we’ve achieved a lot. There’s nothing better than starting this adventure in Hartberg. Here.” if the whole club is behind the coach and the environment allows quiet work, that is what you bring to tackle this work “, the Styrian was quoted in a club broadcast.

Russ has big plans for the coming season. He hoped to be able to meet the expectations, said the coach. “Now we have to work hard and meticulously. I am convinced that we have a powerful team and that we will perform well.”

The 35-year-old Andreas Lienhart, who is moving from the field to the coaching bench after two seasons as a professional at TSV, is now the assistant coach of Russ. Managing director and chairman Erich Korherr is convinced of these personnel decisions and spoke of a “very harmonious team of trainers”. Russ is the best solution for TSV Hartberg. “His human and professional qualities are absolutely convincing. He now knows the club down to the last detail, knows the people and processes involved,” said Korherr.

As a professional, Russ played for Kapfenberg, Vienna, FC Tirol, Wacker Innsbruck and LASK and made 28 international matches, including two appearances at the 1990 World Cup in Italy. The ex-defender then worked from 2013 to 2016 and from 2018 to 2020 as head coach at Kapfenberger SV, but has never been the main coach at a club of upper houses.