Former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia has been appointed as the permanent manager of Germany-based club Bayer Leverkusen.
Hyypia guided the Bundesliga team to four wins and two draws in his six games in charge at the end of the season to secure fifth place and qualify for the group stage of the Europa League. The Finn has signed a three year deal with the club, where he spent the last two years of his career as a player. During his ten year tenure at Anfield, between 1999 and 2009, Hyypia made 464 appearances and scored 35 goals.
Leverkusen’s under-19 coach Sascha Lewandowski, who coached the first team temporarily alongside Hyypia, has been appointed assistant manager. Bayer Leverkusen has finished second in the Bundesliga five times since 1996 and Hyypia’s predecessor Robin Dutt was sacked after the club slipped to sixth after suffering five successive defeats.