Hanover - Hannover 96's Under-17s have a new man at the helm in the form of club legend and former US international defender Steven Cherundolo.

The 36-year-old takes over from ex-Reds midfielder Christoph Dabrowski, who has joined Michael Frontzeck's senior coaching setup.

'An exceptional job'

"We're convinced that Steven Cherundolo is the best solution as successor to Christoph Dabrowski as coach of our under-17 youth team," enthused Nico Micharty, head of the Hannover youth department. "He has done an exceptional job in his first year as youth coach."

Since retiring from the game due to a long-standing knee injury in May 2014, Cherundolo - who spent his entire professional career with the 96ers and captained the side from 2010/11 - has enjoyed spells in charge of the Hannover reserves and U-15s, and was even named first-team assistant to Frontzeck towards the end of the 2014/15 campaign.