Schneider replaces ousted manager Labbadia at Stuttgart

The Swabians sacked Bruno Labbadia following a poor start to the season and have promptly appointed the former Under-17 coach, who is relishing the challenge.

Stuttgart has announced that Thomas Schneider has taken over the vacant coaching job at the club following Bruno Labbadia's sacking.

It was confirmed on Monday that the 47-year-old Labbadia had been relieved of his duties following three straight Bundesliga losses at the start of the season. The club has wasted no time in replacing him with Schneider, who had been working with the club's Under-17 team, winning the B-Junioren championship during his first season in charge.

Schneider had enjoyed a lengthy career with the Swabian giants as a player, first joining a club as a 10-year-old in 1983 and representing the first team between 1991 and 2003, winning the Bundesliga in 1992 and the DFB Pokal in 1997.

The 40-year-old's only senior coaching role, however, was with minnows Dingolfing.

"I'm really looking forward to the job at hand and I'm full of confidence," Schneider told reporters.

Sporting director Fredi Bobic added: "I'm glad we have found a solution so quickly. I'm sure we are well positioned with the coaching staff. [This is] not an interim solution."

Meanwhile, Alfons Higl and Tomislav Maric have joined Schneider as members of his coaching staff.