"I demand passion"
By Sunday evening, VfB president Erwin Staudt, board member Ulrich Ruf and Horst Heldt presented the new VfB coach. The first to comment was Erwin Staudt, who firstly thanked Markus Babbel for his efforts, and went on: "I'm absolutely delighted to announce Christian Gross as our new trainer. This is a man who has proven his abilities with experience and success and he can work with young players. He wishes to prove himself now in the Bundesliga and I am sure he will give his all to guide VfB Stuttgart out of this difficult situation. I hope he will quickly settle in Stuttgart and together we will try to achieve the best that we possibly can."
"An honourable but also a very difficult task"
Christian Gross, who has signed a contract with VfB Stuttgart until 2011, explained: "I'm delighted to be here. It's an honourable but also a very difficult task. Now it's all about saving what's left to be saved. Firstly I want to win on Wednesday. I want to get everything possible from the players so as we can satisfy the fans again. I always demand passion from my players. It's ok to lose a game when the opponents are better, but when the opponents are even weaker, I just explode," said Gross, who greeted the team on Sunday evening'Under 19' trainer Jens Keller will act as co-trainer until the end of the year.