Bundesliga bottom side Greuther Furth, who lie 14 points from safety with nine games left, on Monday appointed Frank Kramer as their new coach on a contract until 2015. Kramer, 40, replaces Mike Bueskens, who was fired last month despite leading Furth into the Bundesliga for their first time in their history last season.
Ludwig Preis had been standing in as caretaker and will remain on the staff as Kramer's assistant. Kramer has spent the last two seasons on the coaching staff at Hoffenheim and was briefly appointed interim boss for two games when Markus Babbel was fired in December before returning to coach the club's U-23 team.
Having taken charge of Furth's reserves and U-19 team in the past, he now has the uphill task of keeping Greuther in Germany's top flight with the team having won just two of their 25 matches this season. They crashed to a 3-0 defeat at home to Hoffenheim on Saturday to set a new Bundesliga record by becoming the first team to fail to win any of their first 13 home games.
They lie five points adrift of Hoffenheim at the foot and are seven points behind Augsburg in the relegation play-off place.