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 Bundesliga.com
. "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.