Katsumi Oenoki will hope to begin his Shimizu S-Pulse reign with victory over Tokyo on Saturday.
The 49-year-old was announced as the replacement for Afshin Ghotbi on Wednesday after the Iranian's thee-and-a-half year tenure failed to produce a finish higher than ninth.
Oenoki has been promoted from the youth team and wants to revive the fortunes of S-Pulse, starting with this Saturday's trip to the capital.
Sitting 12th in the J. League, S-Pulse ended a run of seven games without a win thanks to a 3-0 victory over Kashiwa Reysol last time out, and Oenoki believes there are not many changes needed to make it two wins in a row at the Ajinomoto Stadium.
"I want to revive the strong S-Pulse," Oenoki said. "The win against Kashiwa was very big.
"There is not a big difference between the teams at the top, and we have the opportunity to go on."
In-form Tokyo will provide a stern opening test for the new coach, though, having climbed into seventh position with an unbeaten run of five games.
Like Tokyo, league leaders Urawa Reds are in a rich vein of form and have not lost any of their previous eight to open up a two-point advantage at the top.
Vissel Kobe, who sit sixth, are their opponents this weekend while their rivals at the summit have what, on paper, appear to be comfortable fixtures.
Second-placed Sagan Tosu host strugglers Nagoya Grampus, while Kawasaki Frontale, who are three points behind Urawa in third, face Kashiwa.
Hoping all of the top three slip up are Kashima Antlers and champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima, who are positioned fourth and fifth respectively. Both sides are locked on 27 points from their opening 17 matches and face each other in Kashima this weekend.
Bottom club Tokushima Vortis, fresh from collecting their second win of the season last weekend, can record a double over Ventforet Kofu this weekend.
Yuya Hashiuchi was the man to give Tokushima their maiden top-flight win in April's reverse fixture, and a repeat of that result would see them narrow the gap at the bottom.
Kofu, who are also in the relegation zone, have a 10-point cushion over their hosts and could climb out of the bottom three with victory.
They will need Cerezo Osaka to continue an eight-game winless run against Albirex Niigata to move up the table, while fellow strugglers Omiya Ardija travel to Vegalta Sendai.
Meanwhile, in mid-table, Gamba Osaka host Yokohama F. Marinos with just a point separating the sides.
|Gundogan inspires Dortmund victory|
|Inter confirm Montoya capture|
|Murillo joins Inter, as Kuzmanovic and Obi depart|
|Falcao signing not a risk, says former Chelsea star|
|Deeney agrees new Watford deal|
|Confidence and service the key to Falcao success at Chelsea|
|No bids for ´Chelsea target´ Baba, claim Augsburg|
|Derby swoop for Ince|
|Fiorentina consider legal action over Salah ´no-show´|
|Chelsea the team to beat in the Premier League, says Neville|
|Storari exits Juve for Cagliari|
|UEFA removes FFP restrictions on Man City and PSG|
|West Brom hope for new owners within the month|
|Chelsea agree loan deal for Falcao|
|Kuyt eyes trophies on Feyenoord return|
|Chile v Argentina: History beckons ahead of Copa America final|
|Wallace extends Monaco loan|
|Mihajlovic wants to instill fear factor at Milan|
|Mignolet improving at Liverpool - Grobbelaar|
|Mumbai City name Anelka player-manager|
|Olivia the parrot predicts Japan to win Women´s World Cup|
|Lusitans coach blasts Bilic´s ´lack of respect´|
|Sakho eyes more Europa League wins|
|Gareca wants Peru to keep building|
|Chile ´no chance´ if Argentina produce their best - Diaz|
|Ocampos joins Marseille permanently|
|Europa League Review: Cloud-nine Brondby ignite opening round|
|West Ham 3 Lusitans 0: Sakho nets twice at start of Europa League journey|
|Holebas makes Watford move|
|Milan secure Adriano signing|
|Peru v Paraguay: Diaz counts cost of semi-final loss|
|Bastia hit out at reports of extra debt|
|Hernandez has successful surgery|
|Odemwingie signs one-year Stoke extension|
|Uth signs for Hoffenheim|
|Henen seals Everton return|
|Cattermole pens long-term Sunderland deal|
|United States v Guatemala: Klinsmann backs Dempsey ahead of Gold Cup warm-up|
|West Ham working on Jenkinson return - Gold|
|Milan agree deal for Bacca|
|Real buy back Vazquez from Espanyol|
|Richards leaves Swansea for Fulham|
|McShane signs for Reading|
|Giggs tells youngsters to seize US chance|
|Hammond pens Leicester extension|
|Only Schweinsteiger can decide Bayern future - Guardiola|
|Cech plans to play until he´s 40|
|Montoya arrives in Milan ahead of Inter move|
|Hernandez out of Gold Cup|
|US asks Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials|
|MLS Preview: Sounders seek momentum switch|
|Mexico 0 Honduras 0: Hernandez injury sours friendly|
|Hernandez taken to hospital|
|Garay in doubt for Copa America final|
|Wambach: USA peaking for World Cup final|
|Bassett ´an absolute hero´ despite own goal - Sampson|
|Japan 2 England 1: Late own goal breaks English hearts|
|Salvo quits as Valencia president|
|Costa not Ribery cover - Bayern director Sammer|
|Chile, Argentina deserve final spots - Mena|
|Ramos keen on United switch - Calderon|
|B36 1 The New Saints 2: Wilde leaves it late to secure advantage|
|Sevilla agree deal for Rami|
|Celtic snap up United teenager Janko|
|Beauvue passes Lyon medical|
|Roma bring in Falque|
|Coates completes permanent Sunderland switch|
|Vallecano to make charity donations from shirt sales|
|Angella commits to Watford|
|Gundogan pens new Dortmund deal|
|Juve reject €80million Barca offer for Pogba, says Marotta|
|Ruiz seals permanent Villarreal move|
|Mourinho respects Cech´s decision to quit Chelsea|
|Claridge excited by potential Pearson successors|
|Miranda completes Inter switch|
|Blind takes over as Netherlands coach|
|Mourinho: Premier League tougher to win than ever|
|Hamburg make Holtby move permanent|
|Southampton terminate Osvaldo contract|
|BREAKING NEWS: Swansea swoop for Eder|
|Abbiati extends Milan stay|
|Cruyff: Barcelona have lost their values|
|Vydra seals Watford move|
|Ambitious Clyne targets trophy haul with Liverpool|
|Claridge: Off-field incidents cost Pearson his job|
|Clyne becomes Liverpool´s sixth close-season signing|
|Imbula leaves Marseille for Porto|
|FIFA chief Blatter challenges critics to prove corruption claims|
|Distin joins Bournemouth|
|Bayern seal Costa deal|
|Arsenal confirm Diaby departure|
|Blatter to miss Women´s World Cup final|
|Bogdan sets sights on being Liverpool number one|
|Danilo eager to get started at Real Madrid|
|Leicester´s Wood joins Leeds|
|Porto confirm Atletico move for Martinez|
|Lloyd: Repetition key to netting penalty|
|Sheffield Wednesday job a ´dream´ for Carvalhal|
|´We played a complete game´ - Messi|
|Diaz upbeat despite heavy Copa loss to Argentina|
|Martino lauds Messi for selfless performance|
|Viviani makes surprise Verona switch|
|Estonian team wins cup match 31-0|
|No meeting with Arsenal has occurred - Vidal´s agent|
|United States 2 Germany 0: Ellis´ team reach World Cup final|
|Argentina 6 Paraguay 1: Messi leads Martino´s men to Copa final|
|UEFA Europa League Review: FK Zeljeznicar and FC Dacia Chisinau open with wins|
|UEFA Champions League Review: FC Pyunik make winning start|