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Schalke sacks all its top leadership to prevent the club first relegation since 1988.

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Schalke sacks all its top leadership to prevent the club first relegation since 1988.

Germans outfit Schalke 04 has set an unwanted record by becoming the first club in Bundesliga history to ever have a record of five different coaches in one season. The team’s performance has continued to decline and things don’t seem to get better prompting the team’s top leadership to sack all its first-team staff.

After Saturday’s 5-1 defeat to Stuttgart, the club found itself in a very difficult situation forcing them to take dramatic measures in a desperate attempt to prevent the club from free fall into its first relegation since the year 1988.

The club on Sunday dismissed its head coach Christian Gross together with his assistant Rainer Widmayer. The Squad manager Sascha Riether and the head of performance Werner Leuthard were also relieved off their duties. During a conference call, the supervisory board also decided to lay off with immediate effect Jochen Schneider who was the club’s sport and communications executive.


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The coach and director of the youth academy at Schalke Peter Knabel was appointed to take over the club’s sporting leadership. The position of the club coach remains vacant as the club is yet to appoint a new coach. The new appointed coach will be the club’s fifth coach of the season. This is a record in  German,Bundesliga history. Only Hamburg and Hertha Berlin come close to this having had four different coaches in a season for nearly 60 years.

It is believed that the decision to sack the entire management team was inevitable due to the club’s poor performance. Senior players signed in the summer Sead Kolasinac, Klaas Jan Huntelaar, and Shkodran Mustafi were reportedly not happy with the Swiss coach Gross who they accused of mixing up names in team meetings and also in his training routines. Gross had retired but came out of retirement late last December to take over coaching roles at Schalke.

Schalke 04 are last in the Bundesliga after playing 23 games. They are 9 points adrift of 16th placed Arminia Bielefield who have played one game less. What remains to be seen is whether this team will survive relegation under new management with just 11 games to go.


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