Former Liverpool captain Hyypia appointed Leverkusen manager

Former Liverpool captain Sami Hyypia has been appointed manager of Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen after Coach Robin Dutt was sacked by the German side, ESPN has reported.

Hyypia has been placed in temporary charge at the BayArena, having been working with the side’s reserve team. The ex-Finland international will lead the side until the end of the season in conjunction with youth team coach Sascha Lewandowski. Dutt was relieved of his duties following Leverkusen’s fifth consecutive defeat on Saturday, a 2-0 home reverse against Freiburg.

Arriving at Anfield in May 1999 from Dutch side Willem II, Hyypia went on to make more than 450 appearances for Liverpool and was appointed captain of the club in 2002, having shared the duty the year before with Robbie Fowler while Jamie Redknapp, the official captain, was injured. During his time on Merseyside Hyypia twice won the FA Cup and the League Cup, as well as the UEFA Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and, in 2005, the Champions League. After leaving Liverpool in 2009 Hyypia played for two years for Leverkusen.

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