There will be a new face on the Werder Bremen bench when they host Freiburg at the Weserstadion tomorrow, with the club's new director of sport Thomas Eichin starting work this week.
Eichin replaces Klaus Allofs, who joined Bundesliga rivals Wolfsburg late last year, and arrives after spending the last 14 years in a similar capacity with ice hockey club Cologne Sharks.
``I enjoyed my time with the Sharks a lot, but football is my sport and I'm delighted to be able to work in this field again,'' he said. ``I've missed football.''
A lot may have changed since Eichin hung up his playing boots in 1999 and turned his back on the sport, which is why he wants to get right back into the thick of the action alongside coach Thomas Schaaf tomorrow.
``I'll be taking my place on the bench,'' he said at a press conference yesterday. ``I want to be close to the action, get to know the way things work and see, for example, how the physios work.
``It is important for me to get to know these things. There is a bit of tension for me, but it isn't completely new to me and it is no quantum leap to be back in football again.''
Bremen will be hoping the new director of sport can help restore them to where they spent most of their time under his predecessor - in European action - after being absent for two seasons.
However, as Eichin was quick to point out: ``We are only three points behind fifth or sixth.''
That is where Freiburg currently find themselves, although their coach Christian Streich believes the role reversal is only temporary.
``Bremen have played two good games and are hitting form again just in time to play against us,'' he said.
``They showed enormous will and power against Hannover because they desperately wanted to win, and they managed that.
``Their win against Stuttgart was also impressive, although this is not yet being reflected in the league table.
``They've got some great players and we are preparing, as they say in northern Germany, for a stiff breeze.''
Freiburg will be without the injured Jonathan Schmid and Sebastian Freis while Bremen are once again missing Theodor Gebre Selassie due to a hand injury.