Bundesliga strugglers VfB Stuttgart have dismissed coach Thomas Schneider, appointing Dutchman Huub Stevens to lead the club's attempt to stave off relegation.
Stuttgart lie level on points with third-bottom Hamburger SV following Saturday's disappointing 2-2 home draw with bottom side TSV Eintracht Braunschweig, which came after a run of eight consecutive defeats. "The board came to this decision together with Thomas Schneider and the supervisory committee gave their consent," commented club president Bernd Wahler.
"The current situation requires us to act consciously and with responsibility and thus to make this difficult decision. Thomas Schneider has a deep connection with Stuttgart and will continue to work for this club in the future."
Schneider, 41, took on the reigns in August 2013, replacing Bruno Labbadia. He and his assistant coaches Alfons Higl and Tomislav Maric make way for new appointment Stevens, who will take his first training session on Monday ahead of Saturday's Bundesliga trip to face SV Werder Bremen.
Stevens is a well-known figure in German football after guiding FC Schalke 04 to UEFA Cup glory in 1996/97, and winning the German Cup with the Royal Blues in 200/01 and 2001/02. The well-travelled Dutch tactician joins after being sacked by Greek side PAOK FC earlier this month.
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