By Peter Weis@PeterVicey

Official: Hitzlsperger to make way for Alexander Wehrle early

VfB Stuttgart officially confirmed on Thursday that Thomas Hitzlsperger will officially step down as club chairmen at the end of the month. 
A rather significant changing of the administrative guard at VfB Stuttgart will take place sooner than expected. After a prolonged battle with club President Claus Vogt following a scandal that saw member data linked to a marketing firm, it had long been expected that club legend Thomas Hitzlsperger would be stepping down long before his contract expired in October 2022.

Stuttgart secured the services of Köln executive Alexander Wehrle to take over most of Hitzlsperger's duties this past December. Wehrle, who was scheduled to report to work this April, now should get full control by March 21st. Köln confirmed reports from German footballing magazine Kicker reports that Hitzlsperger's contract would be terminated on March 31st.

"VfB must focus fully on the goal of staying in the league," Hitzlsperger noted in a statement, "A smooth, professional transition in the position of CEO is now the best thing for this."

For his part, the man who Hitzlsperger once tried to oust as club president found some cordial words as well.

"Thomas Hitzlsperger leaves VfB Stuttgart as a friend," Vogt noted, "The doors remain open to him."

Thus far, not much is known about the 39-year-old's future plans. The former VfB and German national team star has been linked with some vacant administrative positions elsewhere in the league. 

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