1. FC Nürnberg have announced that they will finish out the 2012/2013 season with the duo of former U-23 coach Michael Wiesinger and former assistant Armin Reutershahn leading the club on the sidelines, replacing Dieter Hecking, who left the club to coach VfL Wolfsburg last week. Nürnberg, 14th in the Bundesliga table at winter break, will officially introduce Wiesinger and Reutershahn at the opening of training camp on January 3.
Nürnberg Sporting Director Martin Bader commented that
We went over all the options intensively and concluded that FCN would approach the second half of the campaign with this set-up. In Michael Wiesinger and Armin Reutershahn we have two coaches from our own ranks that enjoy a great amount of trust and acceptance
Wiesinger, who turns 40 on December 27, is a native of Burghausen, Germany. He began his playing career with Der Club in 1993, performing as a midfielder in Nürnberg through 1999, and also spent time with both Bayern München and 1860 before ending his career with Bavarian club SpVgg Weiden in 2008. While at Bayern, Wiesinger experienced winning the Champions League along with being a two-time Bundesliga titlist and a DFB Pokal champion. He went into coaching with FC Ingolstadt following retirement, initially coaching the reserve side before becoming a caretaker manager and then being appointed to the managerial position. Wiesinger joined Nürnberg as reserve team coach in April, 2011.
Fifty-two year old Armin Reutershahn is a former goalkeeper born in Duisburg. He began his coaching career with Bayer Uerdinger in 1991, and has served as an assistant manager for several years with both Hamburger SV and Eintracht Frankfurt before joining Michael Oenning at Nürnberg in 2009, and continuing with the club following Hecking’s appointment. He has spent his entire coaching career as an assistant except for a brief role at Uerdinger as caretaker coach in 1996.
Bader further commented on both coaches
Michael has achieved great things with the youth set-up in the past year and a half. He should bring a new impulse with him as manager. Armin is an important constant for the team, one which he knows well. We have come to appreciate his skills and qualities as a person and coach on the training pitch
Meanwhile, Wiesinger stated that
1. FC Nürnberg is my club; I was a player here and have put my heart and passion into my work here over the past year and a half. To get the chance to take on this sporting challenge is very special for me. It’s a task that I trust myself with because I know the club and the setting very well
Der Club will not be the first Bundesliga club to feature a dual coaching arrangement. Towards the end of last season, Bayer Leverkusen replaced Robin Dutt with the duo of Sami Hyypiä and Sascha Lewandowski, a pair both already employed by the club. Nürnberg supporters and management would like nothing better than to duplicate the success of the Leverkusen co-coaches, who led the club to six straight wins to end the season, earning a Europa League berth. This season Leverkusen have advanced to the knockout stages of the Europa League while holding second place in the Bundesliga table.
Nürnberg posted a 5-5-7 record during the Hinrunde, with a -5 goal differential. The team has played well defensively, but is one of the lowest scoring clubs in the league. Along with their five wins, Der Club were able to play to draws against holders Borussia Dortmund and Herbstmeister champion Bayern, and finished earning four points in their last two matches prior to winter break. Nurnberg open up the Ruckrunde on January 20, hosting Hamburg at Easy Credit Stadion.