Huub Stevens back at Schalke

FC Schalke 04 have spent little time to find a replacement for Ralf Rangnick, who departed last week.

Huub Stevens, who was in charge of The Royal Blues between 1996 and 2002 has made a return to the Veltins-Arena, on an initial two year contract.

He begins work immediately and his first match is in two days time when Schalke host Maccabi Haifa in the Europa League.

Stevens had been linked to the vacant job at Hamburger SV, the team who Schalke face in the Bundesliga this Sunday.

The 57-year old previously guided Schalke to their surprise 1997 UEFA Cup success, beating Inter Mailn in the final. He then when back-to-back DFB-Pokal’s in 2001 and 2002. His highest Bundesliga finish came in 2001 when he lead the Gelsenkirchen-based side to runners up spot.

Since leaving Schalke 04 in 2002, Stevens has gone on to coach Hertha Berlin, 1. FC Köln, Roda JC, Hamburger SV, PSV Eindhoven and Red Bull Salzburg, whom he departed in April earlier this year.