BERLIN, April 23 (Xinhua) -- Relegation threatened Nuremberg parted company with coach Gertjan Verbeek with three rounds to spare in the Bundesliga campaign, the "Club" announced on Wednesday.
Verbeek and his assistant coach Raymond Libregts have been released from all their duties with immediate effect, while youth coach Roger Prinzen and Marek Mintal have been announced as the caretakers for the remaining three matches of the season.
"Roger knows the team very well and he has already proven that he quickly can help the team in a difficult situation," Nuremberg' s sporting director Martin Bader said in an official statement.
The Dutchman Gertan Verbeek joined the club in October 2013 but reaped only one victory out of the last nine games. Martin Bader is convinced "that this decision will release new energy."
Nuremberg occupy currently 17th place in the standings and are five points away from safety. Nevertheless, they have the chance to make it into the relegation playoffs as 16th placed Hamburg have just a one-point advantage.
The "Club" will encounter seventh placed Mainz this upcoming weekend. On May 3 they host 14th positioned Hannover before they clash Champions League aspirants on the road.