Nuremberg - 1. FC Nuremberg have acted quickly following the departure of Dieter Hecking to appoint Michael Wiesinger as new head coach of the first team.

Wiesinger had been in charge of the U-23's team this season, and will be aided by regular first team assistant coach Armin Reutershahn.

Trust and acceptance

"We have looked at all the options carefully but in the end came to the conclusion that der Club is ready to meet the challenges of the second half of the season with this coaching team", explained sporting director Martin Bader. "In Michael Wiesinger and Armin Reutershahn we have two coaches from our own ranks who enjoy the trust and acceptance of everyone."

Wiesinger himself was delighted to be given the opportunity to coach a club so well-established and so close to his heart. "1. FC Nuremberg is my club. I was a player here and have now worked here for a year and a half with a lot of heart and passion", commented the 39-year-old. "This is a challenge I consider myself capable of, since I know the club and the environment well."

Tough Opener

Wiesinger, who turns 40 on 27 December, played for Nuremberg between 1993 and 1999 and scored 27 goals in 186 games. He later played for 1860 Munich and FC Bayern Munich, with whom he won the UEFA Champions League (2001), two Bundesliga titles (2000, 2001) and the DFB Cup.

His first league game in charge of the team is at home to Hamburger SV on Matchday 18, the first game after the winter break.