Labbadia replaces Keller as Stuttgart coach

Published Dec. 12, 2010 10:53 a.m. ET

Stuttgart has appointed its third coach of the season, giving Bruno Labbadia the task of leading the 2007 Bundesliga champion out of the relegation zone.

Labbadia replaces Jens Keller, who was fired after only two months in the job following Friday's 2-1 loss to Hannover. Stuttgart has dropped to next-to-last in the Bundesliga after the defeat.

The 44-year-old Labbadia, a former striker who played for a number of top Bundesliga clubs including Bayern Munich, was fired by Hamburger SV in April. He has also coached Bayer Leverkusen.

Labbadia will be officially presented on Sunday.