Western Sydney Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas says Markus Babbel moved to Australia after the former Liverpool star saw the fire in eyes.
“He believed in what I said and he told me, ‘I see the fire in your eyes’, Tsatsimas said.
“He said, ‘I see what you are telling me. I can feel it. I believe in the vision and what you are doing.
“I told him about the new stadium, the Western Sydney demographic, the fans that we have and also our training facility where we are going to have nine pitches in the same area where our training and our administration base will be.
After last season’s coaching roundabout Tsatsimas believes Babbel will be a steady hand for a club that lost its way last season.
“This man is a stable coach,” he said. “We are proud to have him here and it’s certainly an indicator where this club sits in people’s thinking and it’s a statement of intent from us.
“He spent the last three years at Luzern, he’s been at three Bundesliga clubs, he’s won the Bundesliga 2, he’s got a great history as a player, he’s had success at Liverpool and was a prominent player at Bayern Munich - we are talking about a top class CV .
“We’ve not only brought in Markus , we’ve also brought in John Paul DeMarigny and a raft of new background staff that will certainly provide us every opportunity to elevate ourselves to where we should be.”