Stuttgart, one of the Germany’s first division Bundesliga club, successfully survived a relegation scare for the second consecutive season on its final match. They won over Paderborn with 2-1 score on last Saturday (23/5) clash.
Despite the celebration, the club have confirm that Stevens will again be leaving the club although he had rescue the former Bundesliga champions from the drop.
The coach of the team, Huub Stevens, had took over the struggling side in November, and he completed a similar feat last year after taking the duty started in March. Director of sport Robin Dutt showed his appreciation to the 61-year-old coach by stating that Huub Stevens is the coach of the century for a different club, but for Stuttgart, he is “the rescuer of the century. The statement was made at the final gathering of the coach and the players on Sunday (25/5).
Previously, the Dutchman has worked at Hamburg SV, Hertha Berlin and Cologne among others. Schalke fans voted Stevens as coach of the century following his achievement in leading the side to EUFA Cup success in 1997.
The club also confirmed that they had informed Stevens of their decision to find a new man to fill his slot some time ago. However, the officials opted to avoid telling the team in order to keep everything went well and not to distract them during the fights against relegation threat. He was expected to step down after avoiding the drop and Stuttgart says that his contract will not be renewed. Dutt also revealed that an agreement was in place prior to the final game of the season for Stevens to lose his charge in the club, regardless of whether Stuttgart stayed up or were relegated.
On the other hand, former Leipzig coach, Alexander Zorniger has emerged as the front-runner to substitute Stevens in the German media. While Stevens told the media that recently he had no plans for retirement from football.