Hearts have appointed Daniel Stendel as their new manager on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
The German, who previously managed Barnsley, will take over on Tuesday.
The announcement was made following Hearts’ defeat to Motherwell under caretaker boss Austin MacPhee.
A club statement said: “While it has taken some time for this process to reach its conclusion we firmly believe that Daniel is the right man to take the club forward.
“With our number one target now on board and his future pledged to Hearts, everyone at Tynecastle Park welcomes Daniel and hopes his appointment heralds an exciting new era for the Club as, together, we look to climb back up the Ladbrokes Premiership table.”
— Heart of Midlothian FC (@JamTarts) December 7, 2019
45-year-old Stendel played as a striker in his homeland for clubs including Hamburger SV, Hannover 96 and FC St Pauli.
He left Barnsley in October, having previously had a year in charge of Hannover.
He guided the side from League One to the Championship in his first season, finishing ahead of Sunderland – managed then by new Hibs boss Jack Ross.
A poor start to life in the Championship, with the club winless and second bottom of the table, led to Stendel’s dismissal.
Hearts are currently only off the bottom of the Premiership on goal difference, having lost three out of their last four games.
Craig Levein was sacked as manager on October 31, with MacPhee taking charge for the last six games.
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