Thomas Letsch

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Thomas Letsch
Letsch managing FC Liefering in 2016
Personal information
Date of birth (1968-08-26) 26 August 1968 (age 55)
Place of birth Esslingen, West Germany
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Club information
Current team
Vitesse (manager)
Teams managed
Years Team
1997–2000 VfB Oberesslingen/Zell (player-manager)
2001–2002 Stuttgarter Kickers II
2001–2003 Stuttgarter Kickers (assistant)
2003–2004 FC Union Heilbronn
2005–2007 SSV Ulm (assistant)
2008–2009 SG Sonnenhof Großaspach
2012–2013 Red Bull Salzburg (U16)
2013–2015 Red Bull Salzburg (assistant)
2014–2015 Red Bull Salzburg (U18)
2015 Red Bull Salzburg (caretaker)
2015–2017 FC Liefering
2017 Erzgebirge Aue
2018–2019 Austria Wien
2020–2022 VfL Bochum

Thomas Letsch (born 26 August 1968) is a German football manager. He is the manager of VfL Bochum in the Bundesliga.

Managerial career[change | change source]

Early career[change | change source]

Letsch never played professional football. He started his coaching career at VfB Oberesslingen/Zell as playing coach.[1] In July 2001 he became manager of Stuttgarter Kickers's second team until 2002, but was also a part of the first team staff until the end of the 2002–03 season. Then he moved to FC Union Heilbronn and was the manager for one season. From January 2005 until July 2007, he was the assistant manager of SSV Ulm 1846.[2] From January 2008 to June 2009, he was the manager of SG Sonnenhof Großaspach.

FC Red Bull Salzburg, FC Liefering[change | change source]

In July 2012 he went to Salzburg and managed the under-16 team of FC Red Bull Salzburg. September 2012 he was also appointed as football director of academy.[3] In the following season, he was promoted to first team assistant manager.[2] In July 2014 he became manager of the under-18 squad.[4] In the time with the under-18s he was also the assistant coach for FC Red Bull Salzburg. In December 2015 after Peter Zeidler was sacked, he was for two matches head coach of Salzburg. In the 2015–16 season he also managed the team of FC Red Bull Salzburg in the UEFA Youth League. In June 2015 he became manager of FC Liefering in the Second League.

FC Erzgebirge Aue[change | change source]

On 18 June 2017 Erzgebirge Aue named Letsch as their new manager on a three-year contract.[5] After three games Aue sacked Letsch due to poor form and results.[6]

FK Austria Wien[change | change source]

On 27 February 2018 he became manager Austria Wien in the Austrian Bundesliga.[7][8] He was sacked on 11 March 2019.[9]

Vitesse Arnhem[change | change source]

On 26 May 2020 he became the new manager of Vitesse Arnhem. The club went on to secure fourth place in the Eredivisie and reched the final of the Dutch Cup (which was lost 2–1 to AFC Ajax). They were qualified for the UEFA Europa Conference League.

VfL Bochum[change | change source]

In September 2022, he left Arnhem and moved to VfL Bochum. [10] He took over the team after the seventh matchday when they were in last place in the table with one point He led them to direct relegation with a 3-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen on the last matchday.

References[change | change source]

  1. So tickt der neue Austria-Trainer Thomas Letsch,, 27 February 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 Profile at Footballdatbaase,
  3. Trainerteam der Akademie neu geordnet,, 5 September 2012
  4. Salzburg: Ein Ungar hilft Hütter,, 23 May 2014
  5. "Tedesco-Nachfolger gefunden: Letsch übernimmt in Aue" (in German). Sport Bild. 18 June 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  6. "Aue wirft Trainer Letsch raus" (in German). Rheinische Post. 14 August 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  7. "FK Austria Wien – Thomas Letsch von seinen Aufgaben entbunden". Archived from the original on 4 April 2019. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  8. ""Die ideale Lösung": Letsch folgt auf Fink". kicker. 27 February 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  9. Austria trennt sich von Thomas Letsch und Andreas Ogris,, 11 March 2019
  10. "VfL Bochum News". Archived from the original on 2022-09-28. Retrieved 2024-01-15.