Steve Cherundolo: 'A new chapter is starting for me now'

Steve Cherundolo was at German club Hannover 96 so long he became known as the Mayor of Hanover.

Even after 16 years and 370 league games as a player, the American stayed at the German club where he had spent his entire career.

But after three-plus years as a member of the Hannover 96 coaching staff, the 38-year-old Cherundolo, considered one of the best outside backs the USA has ever produced, has left to join VfB Stuttgart as one of the two top assistants under new head coach Tayfun Korkut.

"I've spent half my life at Hannover, my entire career as a pro and also my first steps as a coach," Cherundolo told "I owe the club a great deal. I'm leaving with countless memories that will stay with me forever."

Ilija Aracic and Cherundolo will be Korkut's assistants.

"A new chapter is starting for me now," added Cherundolo. "I'm very much looking forward to it and to having the opportunity to develop personally and to work in the Bundesliga. My thanks go to the board at Hannover for allowing me to leave."

Korkut, who had coached Hannover 96 for two seasons (2013-15), was hired  as Hannes Wolf's replacement on Monday. Wolf was fired on Sunday after Stuttgart lost for the sixth time in its last seven games, leaving it just three points above the relegation zone in the Bundesliga.

VfB Stuttgart had won the second division title last season to return to the Bundesliga after a one-year absence.

Hannover 96 was also relegated after the 2015-16 season but will likely remain in the second division for a third straight season. It is currently 10th in the 18-team league.
3 comments about "Steve Cherundolo: 'A new chapter is starting for me now'".
  1. Bob Ashpole, January 31, 2018 at 8:28 a.m.

    Congratulations to Steve.

  2. frank schoon, January 31, 2018 at 9:52 a.m.

    I wish Steve would come over and help out. He spend enough years in Germany, to be able to teach and give a good dose of realism and experience to teach the much needed defenders, defensive backs here. He no doubt would be an addition to any coaching staff here, especially the NT. 

  3. Bob Ashpole replied, February 3, 2018 at 5:52 a.m.

    Frank this move is a big opportunity for him. He is on a path many head coaches have taken. 

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