Bad times for Schalke fans!
The first descent in 33 years is practically certain. The only question is when it will happen. Mathematically, the Schalke case in the second division could already be determined on the 30th matchday – i.e. on April 21st. Because while the competition scores, everything goes wrong with the Royal Blues that can go wrong.
William skips, team doesn’t care
As the “Bild” writes, the fire continues after Christian Gross (66) has left and Dimitrios Grammozis (42) has installed it. And because the games continue to be lost, the dressing room is boiling too much.
In the 3-0 draw against Gladbach, for example, full-back William (25) was replaced after just 20 minutes. The Brazilian trudged angrily and wordlessly past the bank. After that, he was not seen in the dressing room either at half-time or after the game. He simply skipped the team meeting after the game. He is said to have been fined by the club for this. Apparently nobody in the team wanted to get upset about it. It says: “Most of the teammates almost didn’t care.”
Nobody wants to go to Schalke
There is also a lot of confusion in the blue and white executive floor. Ralf Rangnick (62) and Leipzig sports director Markus Krösche (40) are not in the mood for the Chaos Club, they said. You do not want to take over from Jochen Schneider, from whom the Royal Blues separated at the end of February. The most important position of the association will probably be filled “at most with a C solution”. Names like Rouven Schröder (45) or Union sports director Oliver Ruhnert (49, formerly at S04) are circulating. Whereby Schröder has meanwhile also given the squire a basket. It is therefore possible that the position of the strong man at Schalke will be filled with an internal solution, that Peter Knäbel will be promoted to the board. After Schneider’s leave of absence, Knäbel had temporarily moved up from his position as technical director for development to take on overall responsibility for sport. And it could stay that way, because no external person is trying to get the job done.
Schalke will also pursue another huge problem in the second division. In several player contracts it was found that no salary reduction was implemented in the event of relegation!
Contract horror threatens in the 2nd division
For example, goalie Ralf Fährmann (32) would earn 2.5 million euros a year in the next season. Matija Nastasic (27) their 3.5 million – and Mark Uth (29) even 4 million. In the 2nd division, mind you. For the latter, S04 would have wanted to collect a transfer fee. With the missing clause, every potential interested party now knows that Schalke cannot and will not afford the striker … Apparently, Gelsenkirchen is budgeting a team budget of just 20 million euros for the coming season. The three named players alone would devour half of it.
And who should take power in the club in the future? This is also completely unclear. The “Tradition and Future” group wanted to install Rangnick and is aiming for three positions on the supervisory board. This will be largely digitally re-elected on June 13th and will then determine the composition of the Schalke board. Rangnick, however, canceled, the question of power remains unsolved – and the Schalke ship continues to steer towards bottomless misery. (wst)
Published: March 25th, 2021, 1:52 p.m.
Last updated: 25.03.2021, 8 minutes ago
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