HAMBURG, February 2 (Bundesliga) - Huub Stevens has been confirmed as the new coach of Bundesliga strugglers Hamburg.
Stevens, who parted company with Dutch club Roda JC earlier in the day, replaces Thomas Doll.
Doll was sacked after the club fell to the bottom of the table following Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Energie Cottbus.
``He (Stevens) is our new coach,'' confirmed Hamburg director of football Dietmar Beiersdorfer on Friday afternoon.
``With Huub Stevens, we have appointed an experienced coach who knows the Bundesliga well.
``We are convinced that he will lead the club away from the bottom of the Bundesliga.''
The Dutchman had already revealed he was to return to the Bundesliga on Friday morning and was given the backing of his closest rival for the position Felix Magath.
``He is the right man for the job and will be able to save HSV from relegation,'' said the former Bayern Munich coach in the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper.
``I wish the club all the best.''
Magath turned down the chance to take over at the club where he enjoyed his most successful days as a player after learning of a prior approach to Stevens.
``Before HSV spoke with me on Thursday, the club had already reached an agreement with another coach,'' Magath said.
``It would be against my work principles to take a job away from a colleague.''
Magath has therefore stepped aside to let Stevens return to the Bundesliga after a three-year absence.
``I will arrive at the team hotel tonight to get to know the players,'' Stevens told Sport Bild magazine.
Hamburg had promised to unveil their new boss before Saturday's Bundesliga game against Hertha Berlin, but Stevens says he will not be in charge of the team for that game.
``I won't be on the bench for the away game in Berlin because that would be ridiculous,'' said the 53-year-old.
``I imagine starting my job on Sunday or Monday.''
Stevens led Schalke to 1997 UEFA Cup glory and came closer than any of his predecessors or successors to clinching the Bundesliga title, missing out in dramatic circumstances on goal difference to Bayern Munich in 2001.
He then moved on to Hertha Berlin, but failed to make such a big impact and was sacked in December 2003.
There then followed a spell with Cologne, but despite leading them out of the second division and into the Bundesliga, he returned home to the Netherlands for family reasons.
He returned to coach his first club Roda JC but informed them at the start of the current season he would not be staying beyond next summer.
Earlier on Friday Roda JC confirmed Stevens had departed for Hamburg and the coach is relishing his new challenge.
``I am looking forward to the task,'' he said. ``HSV is a club with a big tradition.
``I am sure that this team has enough quality to leave the relegation zone in the remaining games.''