German returns to the Lane.Tottenham Hotspur have appointed Steffen Freund as assistant head coach to Andre Villas-Boas.
Freund will join a coaching team that includes fitness coach Jose Mario Rocha, head of opposition scouting Daniel Sousa, Luis Martins and goalkeeping coach Tony Parks, the only survivor of Harry Redknapp’s regime.
The German played for Spurs between 1998 and 2003, winning the League Cup in 1999 and earning cult status for his work-rate, commitment and failure to score a single goal in over 100 league appearances.
Freund, now 42, was the manager of the German under-16 team but enjoyed a spell as Nigeria’s assistant manager under compatriot Berti Vogts in 2007.
Freund, who has 21 caps for Germany and had a brief spell at Leicester City, held discussions with Villas-Boas Tottenham about returning as the Portuguese’s number two last week and will start the job immediately.
Both Villas-Boas’ previous assistants, Vitor Pereira and Roberto Di Matteo, have gone on to replace him at Porto and Chelsea respectively.
Freund was inaugurated in Tottenham’s hall of fame in 2010 and has been known to attend home matches in the stands in recent seasons.
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