Thomas Hitzlsperger has been named as the sporting director at strugglers Stuttgart.

3 6, the former Aston Villa and midfielder, made 172 appearances for Stuttgart – winning the 2007 title using them.

He replaces Michael Reschke, that was sacked with the club sitting in the relegation place.

Hitzlsperger, that played Chesterfield, and , has been employed as a pundit on television that is German.

“I certainly will do my upmost to concentrate our strengths in order that we stay up and in the exact identical time establish a path for a successful future,” explained Hitzlsperger, that will be working closely together with head trainer Markus Weinzierl.