Fürth - Bundesliga cellar-dwellers Greuther Fürth have unveiled Rouven Schröder as their new sporting director. He succeeds Rachid Azzouzi, who left the club last summer, and has been given a contract through to 30 June 2015.

“Rouven Schröder has impressed us not only with his football-specific knowledge, but also on a personal level,” Clover Leaves president Helmut Hack said of the 37-year-old, who moves up from his former post as first team coordinator.

Meichelbeck remains team manager

Schröder himself commented, “I’m extremely motivated. We’ve been working as a team at this club and that's how it will continue - that's our great strength.” In the same vein, head coach Mike Büskens noted “This is an important decision on the part of the club. Rouven lives and breathes Greuther Fürth, he's very diligent and he's going to help take things forward."

Team manager Martin Meichelbeck will continue in his present role, overseeing organisation and coordination. “We decide things hand-in-hand here. We're spreading the load across several pairs of shoulders," Meichelbeck explained.