Stevens, 60, becomes Stuttgart's third coach this season as Schneider, who had only been in charge for six months, was sacked in the wake of Saturday's 2-2 draw with Bundesliga bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig.

Stuttgart are winless in their last nine games and suffered a club record of eight consecutive defeats under the 41-year-old Schneider, who replaced Bruno Labbadia in August.

"I'm really up for this," Stevens, who was fired by Greek side PAOK SAlonika last week, told German broadcaster Sport1 with Stuttgart only out of the relegation places on goal difference.

Steven's main task is to stop Stuttgart suffering only their second relegation since 1975 and his contract runs until the end of the season.

"Huub is highly motivated and has plenty of experience in dealing with this sort of situation," said Stuttgart's director of sport Fredic Bobic.

Stuttgart is Stevens' fifth Bundesliga club, having won the 1997 UEFA Cup and the German Cup twice with Schalke 04 in two stints with the Royal Blues, who sacked him in December 2012.

He has also coached Hertha Berlin, Hamburg, whom he saved from relegation in 2007, and Cologne in the German league.

Stuttgart are up against fellow relegation candidates Werder Bremen, Hamburg, Nuremberg and Freiburg in the coming weeks with 10 matches left before the end of the season.