Stevens steps down at Hoffenheim

Bundesliga strugglers TSG Hoffenheim have announced that Huub Stevens has resigned as head coach with immediate effect due to health concerns.

Stevens replaced Markus Gisdol at the helm in October 2015, but managed just one league victory in his 10 games in charge of achtzehn99.

The 2-0 defeat at Darmstadt on Sunday left the team without a win in their last four games and seven points adrift of safety in 17th place.

Stevens received a vote of confidence from the club after the match, with their sporting director Alexander Rosen insisting there were no plans to change coaches.

However, the Dutchman has forced their hand by stepping down on Wednesday, leaving first-team coaches Alfred Schreuder and Armin Reutershahn to oversee matters on the pitch.

“I’m very sorry that I have to leave at this difficult and challenging situation the team and the club, but I think everybody understands that my health is the highest priority,” Stevens said on the club’s official website.

Hoffenheim CEO Peter Gorlich added: “This is in our current situation, of course, another blow, we must put away. Huub was very open to us, and given the situation described is his step more than understandable.”