”I feel well and rested and am very much looking forward to working with my new team,” Labbadia said.
Schmidt resigned with 11 rounds of the Bundesliga remaining after saying the club needed new stimulating from the coaching area and that he needed to take the increasing pressure both off himself and the club.
Wolfsburg is just one point ahead of Schmidt’s former side, Mainz, in the relegation playoff place. The sides meet in a high-stakes clash on Friday.
Schmidt’s move was unexpected with Schumacher saying, ”we do not fully understand all his reasons.”
Schmidt took over on Sept. 18 after Wolfsburg fired his predecessor Andries Jonker. He lost only five of his 19 Bundesliga games, but 11 ended in draws. Wolfsburg won only three league games under Schmidt.