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Nurnberg's new coach Roger Prinzen cannot wait to get started on his mission to save the club from impending relegation.
Alongside club legend Marek Mintal, the club's reserve team coach was on Wednesday asked to lead the club through their final three games of the season after severing ties with Gertjan Verbeek.
Five points separate the club from safety with three games of the season left, and Prinzen wants that gap to be reduced this Saturday with a win at Mainz.
``I've never been as motivated as I am now,'' Prinzen said at a press conference. ``I'm aware of my responsibility and I intend to fulfil it. I want to bring in even more enthusiasm.''
With eight defeats in their last nine games, Prinzen will have his work cut out succeeding in lifting the morale of a side who needed over half the season before posting their first victory and have spent the entire campaign embroiled in a relegation battle.
However, he is buoyed by what he has seen in just a few days as coach.
``We're in a serious situation but we know that,'' he added. ``I get the impression that we want to develop a certain degree of defiance.
``It's not only about winning one game, it's about avoiding relegation.''
Winning one game is Mainz's priority as that could clinch them a place in the Europa League next season and allow them to relax for the final two games of the season.
That will only be certain if Augsburg fail to pick up points against Hamburg on Sunday, and Mainz's general manager Christian Heidel hopes to have a vested interest in that game.
``If we win our home game, then we can all be relaxed about watching them on Sunday,'' he said.
Mainz last qualified for Europe in 2011, when they were knocked out in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.
They reached the first round of the UEFA Cup in 2005 having won Germany's fair-play standings and will be bidding to go further next season, assuming they get there.
``First, we've got two home games and then a tricky away match,'' said coach Thomas Tuchel, who will not be popping the corks on the champagne bottles just yet. At least not until Sunday.