Aston Villa ex-player Thomas Hitzlsperger named Stuttgart sporting director

Aston Villa's Thomas Hitzlsperger (L) and Lee Hendrie celebrate after scoring back to back goals againsgt Chelsea during their Premiership football match 12 April 2004 in Birmingham. Aston...

The retired Germany international, who played for Villa in the 2000s, won the Bundesliga title with Stuttgart in 2007.

Managing Director Thomas Hitzlsperger of VfB Stuttgart and President Wolfgang Dietrich of VfB Stuttgart  look on on February 12, 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany.

Aston Villa fan favourite Thomas Hitzlsperger has been appointed the new sporting executive of Bundesliga side Stuttgart

The retired Germany international replaces Michael Reschke, who left the former national champions after just 18 months in the role.

Hitzlsperger made 108 appearances for Villa between 2000 and 2005 after joining from Bayern Munich, scoring 10 goals and registering one assist, according to Transfermarkt.

 

The 36-year-old, who plied his trade in midfield, also played for Chesterfield, West Ham United and Everton in England, as well as turning out for Wolfsburg in Germany and Lazio in Italy.

However, it is at Stuttgart where Hitzlsperger picked up medals, lifting the Bundesliga title in 2006-07 and finishing runner-up in the German Cup the same season.

"I will do my utmost to concentrate our strengths so that we stay up and at the same time set a course for a successful future," Hitzlsperger is quoted by BBC Sport as saying.

Thomas Hitzlsperger of Aston Villa striking the ball whilst being challenged by Derek McInnes of West Bromwich Albion during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Aston Villa and...

Stuttgart, who have won five German top-flight titles in their history, are currently 16th in the Bundesliga table - the relegation/promotion playoff place - having picked up 15 points from 21 league fixtures so far.

Markus Weinzierl, the club's second manager of the season, has lost 10 of his 14 games in charge and remains under pressure ahead of their home game against RB Leipzig next weekend, according to ESPN.

Thomas Hitzlsperger of VfB Stuttgart celebrates victory at the end of the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Rangers and VfB Stuttgart at Ibrox Stadium on November 24, 2009 in...

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