Dutch ex-football Stevens returns to Schalke

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Former Dutch defender Huub Stevens has been appointed Schalke 04’s new manager. The German Bundesliga club announced on Tuesday that Stevens has signed a contract until June 2013. The Dutchman also managed Schalke 04 – one of German’s most popular clubs – between 1996 and 2002.

Schalke 04 were in need of a new manager after the abrupt departure of Ralf Rangnick who stepped down last Thursday due to severe exhaustion. In a statement, he said he doesn’t have "the necessary energy to be successful and to develop the team and the club.”.

UEFA Cup 1978 During his career as a footballer, Stevens played for Fortuna Sittard and PSV Eindhoven. During his time at PSV, he won the Dutch Premier League three times, the KNVB Cup once and took home the UEFA Cup in 1978 when PSV beat French Corsican club SC Bastia.

Stevens began his managerial career in 1993 with Roda JC, a Dutch club in the southern province of Limburg where he grew up. From October 1996 to June 2002 Stevens coached Schalke 04, which won the UEFA Cup in 1997 under Stevens’ helm. He then managed various German clubs, including FC Köln and Hamburger SV.

Trainer of the century Back in the Netherlands, Stevens left PSV in January 2009 and signed a contract with Austrian club FC Red Bull Salzburg. His extended contract with the Bulls was due to run until 2012 but he was sacked in April 2011.

Stevens enjoys huge popularity with the Royal Blues or ‘Konigsblauen’, as Schalke 04 is known as. In 1999, fans voted him manager of the century.

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