Berlin - Bundesliga strugglers Nuremberg announced on
Wednesday they had sacked coach Gertjan Verbeek after just 184 days in charge.
The decision to fire the 51-year-old Dutchman follows
Sunday's 4-1 home to defeat to Bayer Leverkusen that kept the club second
bottom of the league and set to be relegated.
"After a run of defeats for the club, we have decided
to take the necessary steps to get back to winning ways while we still have
three matches to play," general manager Martin Bader said.
Under-23s coach Roger Prinzen will take over as coach on an
interim basis and will be Nuremberg's third trainer this season.
Prinzen has just three games left to keep Nuremberg up
starting on Saturday against Mainz 05, then Hanover 96 and Schalke 04.
"Roger knows the team well and has already proven he
can help out in a very difficult situation," said Bader.Verbeek was appointed Nuremberg coach last
October, taking over from the sacked Michael Wiesinger and the Dutchman had
previously lost his job at AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch first division.
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