Roger Prinzen takes Nurnberg to Frankfurt this Saturday as the Bavarian club's search for a new coach continues.
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Michael Wiesinger was sacked after a 5-0 defeat to Hamburg last time out, yet Nurnberg have yet to present a full-time replacement.
Swiss duo Christian Gross and Marcel Koller have both been approached, but no contract has yet been signed, meaning former youth team coach Prinzen will pull the shots at the Waldstadion, and he says he is more than ready.
"I've been studying our opponents in depth every evening since Monday," he said at the pre-match press conference.
"We're going to analyse our past games and look positively to the future. My matchday preparations are based both on motivation and on a tactical plan."
Prinzen could boost his own chances of keeping the job on a permanent basis if he can lead Nurnberg to their first win of the season, and potentially out of the relegation zone.
"This is a challenge for me and I'm grateful to have been given this responsibility," said Prinzen, who only has to look at the example of Wiesinger to know that promotion from within is practised in Nurnberg.
"It is up to us now because everything will burst into life again if we win in Frankfurt, I'm sure about that," said Prinzen's assistant and former fans' favourite Marek Mintal.
Frankfurt's season is also waiting to burst into life, although their coach Armin Veh is more than happy with the way things have gone so far.
The Eagles are just four points above the bottom three, but they have won their first two Europa League fixtures by the same 3-0 scoreline, home and away, and they are into the last 16 of the DFB-Pokal.
"That's not normal for a club like Frankfurt," Veh told Sport1. "But of course we happy that that's the case.
"There's no reason to be unhappy. We're playing good football and for the way we are playing, we really have too few points."
After hosting Nurnberg, Frankfurt face Maccabi Tel Aviv on Thursday aware that a win would take them to within touching distance of qualification for the knockout stage of the Europa League.