Stuttgart have slumped to 15th in the 18-club league, just three points ahead of bottom club Eintracht Braunschweig, who held them to a 2-2 draw at home on Saturday.

"The management has taken this decision in agreement with Thomas Schneider," club president Bernd Wahler announced on the website.

"The current state of affairs meant the club had to face up to the responsibility of taking such a difficult decision."

Stevens, 60, will take his first training session on Monday morning as the club prepare for the difficult visit to Werder Bremen next Saturday.

Stevens is no stranger to life in Germany, having previously coached Schalke 04 and led them to the UEFA Cup in 1997 and the German Cup in 2001.