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A fortnight after Nurnberg sacked their coach Michael Wiesinger, Der Club have finally found a replacement and appointed the former AZ Alkmaar man Gertjan Verbeek.

Gertjan Verbeek has managed Heracles Almelo, Heerenveen, Feyenoord and AZ.
Gertjan Verbeek has managed Heracles Almelo, Heerenveen, Feyenoord and AZ.

Over the course of the last two weeks, several names were tossed around in the German media to succeed Wiesinger, including Rene Meulensteen -- Sir Alex Ferguson's former assistant at Manchester United -- the Austria boss Marcel Koller and Swiss coach Christian Gross.

Late on Monday, however, Nurnberg confirmed the appointment of Verbeek, 51. "We have had final talks with Verbeek and both sides are interested in working together," sporting director Martin Bader confirmed on BR TV.  "He is capable of helping us in the near term."

Nurnberg currently sit 16th in the Bundesliga standings and have yet to record a win.

Verbeek was sacked by his former club AZ, with whom he won the Dutch Cup in 2013, in late September following a 2-1 victory against then-leaders PSV Eindhoven, with reports in the Netherlands suggesting that the chemistry in the dressing room was no longer right.

Verbeek has been deemed fit and proper for Nurnberg, who were looking for an old-school coach to lift the struggling team out of the relegation zone. 

The Deventer-born Verbeek is guaranteed to also make the headlines off the pitch with German tabloid Bild announcing his arrival with the headline: "New Club coach looks just like Rod Stewart".

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