Tech & Science S04-Boss Knäbel: This is how I discovered Grammozis
Schalke chaos: leading players demand expulsion of Gross!
Jochen Schneider's desperate coaching attitudes are one of the most dominant phenomena at the Schalke crisis club. Now the situation has actually reached a new low: Allegedly, the players in the bottom of the table are demanding Christian Gross' s expulsion! © Provided by 90min LEON KUEGELER / Getty Images Gross, who, as an old friend of Schneiders from VfB times, was allowed to hire in Gelsenkirchen after a long time in the Middle East, made negative headlines shortly after his presentation.
Gelsenkirchen - Dimitrios Grammozis is the new coach of FC Schalke 04.
He was signed by Peter Knäbel, the new strong man in the Royal Blues. Knäbel now reveals to "Arena.TV" how he once discovered Grammozis.
A few years ago he was at a youth game between Rot-Weiss Essen and VfL Bochum together with youth scout Manfred Dubski. The plan: they wanted to see a youth player from Essen that they were interested in.Knäbel on encounter: "Coincidence - or not"
But things turned out differently: "It wasn't the player, but the coach," said Knäbel. Grammozis was a youth coach for Bochum at the time. At that time no agreement was reached because Grammozis moved from the Bochum youth to the second division team in Darmstadt.
Everyone out: Better late than never
Despite weeks of internal tremors, FC Schalke 04 hesitated for a long time with personnel decisions, after the 1: 5 in Stuttgart the big earthquake followed. The intensity is fierce, but necessary. A comment from kicker reporter Toni Lieto. © imago images No longer Schalke coach: Christian Gross. The decision-makers at FC Schalke 04 - more precisely: the supervisory board - had remained far too inactive for far too long and only acted half-heartedly, if at all.
Knäbel, however, kept an eye on Grammozis. "If you've ever seen someone you like and who is interesting, then of course you follow him," said the new Schalke maker, who has now been able to sign his dream coach. Today he says of the encounter back then: "That was pure coincidence - or maybe not."
Time will tell to what extent Knäbel's chance encounter turns out to be a direct hit.
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