Dieter Hecking is to quit Bundesliga strugglers Nuremberg and take the post of coach at fellow relegation candidates VfL Wolfsburg the manager of the latter side Klaus Allofs told newspaper Bild am Sonntag.
Hecking, 48, has exercised a clause in his contract with Nuremberg which allows him to leave before it ends in 2014 and will see him replace interim coach Lorenz-Gunther Koestner, who was in charge following the sacking of Felix Magath at the end of October.
"We have reached an agreement. The official presentation of Dieter Hecking will take place in a few days," Allofs told the newspaper in an interview to appear on Sunday.
Hecking was not Wolfsburg's first choice.
Bernd Schuster was due to be unveiled as the permanent coach on Friday but talks broke down at the final minute over disagreements over the former international midfielder's bonus and who his assistant would be.
Koestner, who was reserve team boss until accepting to replace Magath temporarily, coached Wolfsburg to a surprise 2-1 win in the German Cup over Bayer Leverkusen last Wednesday in the 60-year-old's final match in charge.
Wolfsburg - champions in 2009 in Magath's first spell in charge - are presently fourth from bottom after 17 games, though, seven points clear of the relegation places, and one point adrift of Nuremberg.