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  • Stephan UersfeldGermany correspondent

Thomas Hitzlsperger was named Stuttgart’s new athletic executive, replacing Michael Reschke, who left the Bundesliga side after just 18 weeks.

Stuttgart relieved Reschke, 61, of his responsibilities following a 3-0 defeat Dusseldorf on Sunday. Former Germany international Hitzlsperger, 36, won the Bundesliga title with Stuttgart in 2007 and headed the club academy until his promotion on Tuesday.

“In my role as athletic executive, I’ll do all I could to pool the club’s strengths at the relegation fight and at precisely the exact same time, as a part of a strong team, set the path for a successful future,” Hitzlsperger stated.

Having only joined the Bundesliga club from Bayern Munich in August 2017, Reschke, that created a name for himself as a squad planner at Bayer Leverkusen, failed to gather a competitive squad at Stuttgart this year.

Despite investing near $50 million in new players including former Dortmund midfielder Gonzalo Castro or even Manchester City right-back Pablo Maffeothey are 16F — at the relegation/promotion-playoff location.

Stuttgart have conceded more goals than any other Bundesliga club and, together with underside club Nurnberg, have scored the maximum number of aims.

Markus Weinzierl, the club’s second manager of this year , has lost 10 of the 14 matches in charge and remains under pressure in advance of the home game against RB Leipzig next week .

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