FC Nuremberg have named Michael Wiesinger to lead the team into the second half of the Bundesliga season. The move came just days after former coach Dieter Hecking left for Wolfsburg.
A statement posted on the club's official website announced that Wiesinger would work closely with co-coach Armin Reutershahn for the balance of the season. It said the decision to put the two in charge had been made after all possible options had been considered.
"In Michael Wiesinger and Armin Reutershahn, we have two coaches from within our own ranks who enjoy a high level of trust and acceptance," the club's technical director, Martin Bader, said.
Wiesinger, 39, who has worked in Nuremberg's youth academy for the past year and a half is to have the final say on all decisions. Previously, he was a player at the club between 1993 and 1999.
Reutershahn has much more experience as a coach in the Bundesliga, having served as an assistant at Bayer Uerdingen, Hamburg and Frankfurt, before moving to Nuremberg in 2009, where he was an assistant to both Dieter Hecking and his predecessor, Michael Oenning.
Bader was forced into a quick decision after Hecking was unveiled as Wolfsburg's new coach on Saturday. Bader was unable to hold on to Hecking, as the coach had an escape clause in his contract, which allowed him to leave for a pre-determined sum.
Nuremberg are currently in 14th place in the standings, one above Wolfsburg.
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