Wolf is treading his way as a manager and recently took temporary control of Bayer Leverkusen. The coach has had spells at Stuttgart, Hamburg and Genk after learning about his trade under Klopp at Borussia Dortmund.

Wolf’s exploits caught the eye of Jurgen Klopp

Bayer Leverkusen’s new boss Hannes Wolf spoke of the positive relationship with Jurgen Klopp and the “special time” he had at Borussia Dortmund. Wolf is treading his way as a manager and recently took temporary control of Bayer Leverkusen. The coach has had spells at Stuttgart, Hamburg and Genk after learning about his trade under Klopp at Borussia Dortmund. Wolf, 39, was in charge of regional side ASC 09 Dortmund. But his exploits caught Jurgen Klopp’s eye, who brought him to the Bundesliga BVB in 2009. “The beginning was a special moment,” Hannes told reporters. “He heard my story, and the young coach was successful in Dortmund. I was voted ‘Sports Man of the Year’, and he was a special guest. We were in the 6th division, and I was only 27 years old.”

It was a great and special time for Hannes Wolf

“Of course, this is something special that Klopp told me: ‘Join us, we want to work with you’. And I had the opportunity to go all the way at Dortmund. I was able to coach teams at a very high level. I was able to be with him on the training ground. It was a great and special time for me. We are still in touch, and everything has remained on a friendly basis.” As a player, Wolf acted as a forward in regional leagues – with a high point being a couple of campaigns with Nurnberg’s second string. He took over in his early 20s; from his three years at ASC 09 Dortmund impressed Klopp, who took him to BVB in 2009. Wolf took charge from various levels in the BVB structure, leading the U17 and U19 teams to national titles.

He left Dortmund a year after Klopp’s exit to take the reins at Stuttgart in 2016, where he spent two seasons before moving up at Hamburg. He was axed after failing to lead them back to the top flight in 2019. A season in Belgium followed with Genk while working with the German federation before taking charge of Bayer Leverkusen last month.