Monday April 20th, 2015

There may not be as many American players plying their trade abroad as there once were, but Steve Cherundolo seems to be quickly making a name for himself on the coaching side of things.

On Monday, German Bundesliga club Hannover 96 announced that it had promoted Cherundolo to assistant manager, continuing the American's relationship with the club where he spent his entire playing career.

Cherundolo's promotion goes hand-in-hand with the firing of manager Tayfun Korkut and hiring of interim manager Michael Frontzek as Hannover seeks to avoid relegation from the Bundesliga.

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The appointment amounts to a very quick promotion for Cherundolo, who retired as a player at the end of the 2013-2014 season after making a club record 300 Bundesliga appearances, earning the club captaincy and the nickname "The Mayor of Hannover."

He was immediately named assistant manager of Hannover's youth team upon his retirement. Now the man who earned 87 caps for the U.S. national team will be moving up the bench with the first team for the remainder of the 2014-2015 campaign, at least.

The future is less clear, both for Cherundolo and the club. Hannover currently sits 15th out of 18 teams in the Bundesliga, two points outside the relegation zone with five games to go. Korkut was fired on Monday after 13-match winless run, and Frontzek's contract only runs through the end of the season.

 

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