The Dutchman, who coached 1. FC Nürnberg in the Bundesliga from October 2013 to April 2014, has been identified by the board at the North-Rhine Westphalian club as the man to lead them forward and arrest an alarming run of form that has brought just one win since September.
"We're really looking forward to his arrival," said Tobias Weis, the Bochum striker whose late goal secured a 1-1 draw on home turf against FC Erzgebirge Aue on Matchday 19 to take the team to 11th in the table. "I've read a bit about him already."
The 52-year-old, who watched his new charges from the stands in Sunday's draw, will be officially presented at 13:00 CET on Monday. The club have been under the interim charge of Frank Heinemann for the past three games, after parting company with Peter Neururer on 9 December.