Hannover may have had to give up on their hopes of qualifying for Europe next season, but that does not mean they have nothing to play for in their final four games of the season.
They head to relegation-threatened Greuther Furth tomorrow night looking to bounce back from two straight defeats, but above all lay the foundations for a more successful season next time around.
New director of sport Dirk Dufner was presented to the media today, and he has been appointed to ``establish a sustainable development in the top third of the Bundesliga,'' according to club president Martin Kind.
That will be music to the ears of coach Mirko Slomka, whose relationship with his predecessor Jorg Schmadtke, despite their collaboration on the two most successful years in the club's history, had become untenable.
``There are a lot of decisions to be made and we did not want to waste any time,'' added Kind, who is already busy working with Dufner and Slomka on building a squad capable of getting the Reds back into Europe in 2014.
Before then, though, they have to bring an honourable end to the current campaign, and not gift Furth their first ever home win in the Bundesliga tomorrow night.
``We want to try to shake off the frustration which has accumulated from our last two games,'' said Slomka at a press conference.
``We want to forget about that so that our fans can celebrate a good ending to the season.''
Slomka is without defenders Johan Djourou, Christian Pander and Christian Schulz, leaving him short of options at the back.
Furth, meanwhile, are not likely to have much to celebrate over the remaining four matches, although they got the joy which made their season in the derby a week ago.
A 1-0 win ensured they got the better of Nurnberg in one of the only delights the Bavarians have had in this, their maiden season in the top flight.
Although their relegation cannot be confirmed mathematically tomorrow night, defeat would leave them needing a miracle, but at least they will leave the top table of German football with one lingering memory.
``This is a moment I will never forget,'' said midfielder Edgar Prib after last weekend's win at the Frankenstadion.
``We want to leave the Bundesliga with decency and then fight to come straight back next season,'' added defender Thomas Kleine.
Leaving without a single win in front of their own fans would not do that desire justice.