Cologne - Although essentially only a stop-gap replacement for the departed Lucien Favre, Borussia Mönchengladbach caretaker coach Andre Schubert has all the credentials needed to transform the fortunes of the Bundesliga's bottom club.
bundesliga.com takes a thorough look at the 44-year-old's back story...
1) Under-23s promise
Schubert’s big promotion comes on the back of a promising spell in charge of the Gladbach Under-23s. The Kassel native oversaw nine games in charge of the young Foals, taking his leave with the Regionalliga West outfit occupying third place in the standings.
2) Attack, attack, attack
Judging by the performances of the U-23s, Schubert likes to attack. The Gladbach reserves have netted a league-high 24 goals so far this season, although that tendency to get forward can leave Schubert's sides' exposed at the back: the U-23s have already shipped 12 goals in nine outings.
3) Calm under pressure
Despite their recent troubles, the fact the Foals qualified directly for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history last term makes Favre an undeniably tough act to follow. Schubert, however, is no stranger to a challenge. He replaced club legend Holger Stanislawski when he took charge of FC St. Pauli in summer 2011, while his predecessor for the Gladbach U-23s, Sven Demandt, was a Regionalliga West champion and only narrowly missed out on taking the club into the third tier.
4) 'Team player'
It is understood that Schubert will return to his position at the helm of the U-23s once Gladbach have found Favre’s long-term successor. "Andre’s a short-term solution, we’ve already talked about that," said Borussia sporting director Max Eberl (pictured). “He’s a fantastic team player.” For Schubert himself "it was a given" that he would come in to help the club.
5) Top of the class
Schubert spent time in the regional leagues of German football as a player, before applying for his coaching badges whilst juggling his role as coordinator for the German Football Association (DFB) in northern Hesse. Having already read for a sports and German studies degree at the University of Kassel, he graduated with the best marks in his class in 2004.
6) Avid learner
Schubert sat in on training sessions with the FC Bayern München, FC Schalke 04 and Hamburger SV youth teams during spells as assistant head coach of the Germany U-15s, 16s and 17s.
7) Promotion hero
Schubert was thrust into the spotlight when he took charge of SC Paderborn 07 in May 2009. He assumed coaching duties following the dismissal of Pavel Dochev, leading the North Rhine-Westphalian outfit into Bundesliga 2 thanks to a 2-0 aggregate win over VfL Osnabrück in the play-offs.
8) Stepping up
As well as winning his first four games in charge of Paderborn in the Third Division, Schubert made a serene transition to the second tier, with the blue and blacks finishing fifth in 2010/11.
9) Highs and lows
St Pauli came calling in May 2011, but after making a promising start to his tenure, Schubert was shown the door just seven games into his second season in charge of the Hamburg-based club.
10) Film star
Starring alongside Jürgen Klopp and current Eintracht Frankfurt head coach Armin Veh, Schubert was filmed as part of Aljoscha Pause’s fly-on-the-wall documentary 'Trainer' (Coach).