VfB Stuttgart appoint Robin Dutt as Sporting Director
German Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart today announced at a press conference in Stuttgart that Robin Dutt, who is of Indian origin, would be their new Director of Sports on a four year contract which would run until December 2018.
49-year-old Robin Dutt has earlier coached three Bundesliga clubs in SC Freiburg, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and SV Werder Bremen, in-between he was the Technical Director of the German Football Association (DFB); which in combination made him the perfect candidate for Stuttgart to bring on board.
“"The sporting concept presented by Robin Dutt, which focuses on the optimisation of structures and squad planning, completely convinced both the president and the rest of the board,” explained chairman of the supervisory board Dr. Joachim Schmidt, adding, “We firmly believe that his competence, experience and connections, as well as a very team oriented leadership style, can help stabilise and further develop VfB on a sporting level.”
VfB president Bernd Wahler commented on the new signing, “We had clear specifications for this position as Director of Sport. The important points, aside from sporting competence, were the implementation of our strategy and the patency from the youth teams right through to the professional first team.
“Further factors included leadership qualities, team and communication abilities, as well as an identification with our values. His economic understanding is also important in dealing with our budget and processes. Having weighed up all aspects, I am convinced that Robin Dutt is the correct solution for the role of Director of Sport at VfB.”
New Director of Sport Robin Dutt is very much looking forward to his new role at VfB, “In the constantly changing surroundings of the Bundesliga, the club finds itself facing a major challenge. In the short-term, we will be doing everything in our power to ensure we are successful in the fight for top-flight survival. In the mid to long-term, we intend to combine the different departments and responsibilities in the sporting areas, in order to ensure we can initialise positive and sustainable developments for the future.”