Cologne appoints Beierlorzer as coach for Bundesliga return

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Cologne has appointed Achim Beierlorzer as coach for its return to the Bundesliga.

Cologne, which won Germany’s second-division title despite a 5-3 loss to Beierlorzer-led Jahn Regensburg on Sunday, says the 51-year-old coach has signed a contract for two seasons through 2021.

Beierlorzer says “when the offer from Cologne to work in the Bundesliga arrived, I didn’t waste a second. Especially at such a big, traditional club with such fans. I’m massively looking forward to it.”

Beierlorzer, who took over Regensburg in 2017, will replace interim coach Andre Pawlak, who was appointed as a replacement for the fired Markus Anfang on April 27. Pawlak secured promotion in his first game in charge with a 4-0 win at Greuther.