Hoeness had recently been notably approached by Bayern Munich, a club whose reserves he coached to the title of champion in the third division in 2020 and whose current coach Thomas Tuchel will leave his post at the end of the season. The 41-year-old technician took up his position in April 2023, when Stuttgart occupied last place in the ranking. It first won a two-legged play-off against Hamburg (second division) to stay in the Bundesliga, while reaching the semi-finals of the German Cup.

After losing its captain Wataru Endo, who left for Liverpool, Stuttgart is currently 3rd, seven points ahead of fifth place, while the Swabians are trying to return to the Champions League for the first time since 2009- 10. With 50 points after 24 rounds, no Stuttgart team has ever had a better record at this stage of the season, including the team that won the Bundesliga in 2007.

The manager was able to get the best out of several players, including Guinean international Serhou Guirassy, ​​who scored 20 goals in 18 league matches, and German Deniz Undav, on loan from Brighton (14 goals). “Stuttgart is a special club. When I was a little boy, I sat here in the stadium and cheered for the club,” Hoeness said in a statement. The coach’s uncle, Uli Hoeness, is a member of the Bayern board of directors and remains one of the most powerful figures at the Bavarian club.

His father, Dieter, scored 102 goals in 224 appearances for Bayern, after playing for Stuttgart for four years. Stuttgart host Union Berlin on Friday evening and can close the gap to second-placed Bayern to one point with a victory.