The coach of Sydney FC's inaugural A-League championship team, Pierre Littbarski, is the new manager of German Bundesliga outfit VfL Wolfsburg. The 50-year old World Cup-winning former Germany international has been installed as the replacement for Steve McClaren at Wolfsburg after the Englishman was sacked.

Littbarski was McClaren's assistant at Volkswagen Arena but is now the caretaker for the rest of the season for the 12th-placed Wolves.

The Berlin-born Littbarski was at the helm in the very first season of the A-League back in 2005/06, combining with Manchester United legend Dwight Yorke, to bring Sydney the first-ever Premiership in Australia's top flight.

He will immediately take the reins from former England boss McClaren who took the job just eight months after leading FC Twente Enschede to the Dutch Eredivisie title in the 2009/10 season.

The Wolfsburg job is Littbarski's sixth as manager after stints with Japanese outfit Yokohama FC (1999-2000 and 2003-2004), German club MSV Duisburg (2001-2002), Sydney (2005-2006), back in Japan with Avispa Fukuoka (2006-2008), Iranian club Sapia (2008) and in Liechtenstein with FC Vaduz (2008-2010) before joining Wolfsburg in June 2010.