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Sport Opinion: Schalke 04 missed the descent

21:00  27 september  2020
21:00  27 september  2020 Source:   dw.com

Bayern boss Flick says thrashing Schalke sets benchmark for the season

  Bayern boss Flick says thrashing Schalke sets benchmark for the season Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich were outstanding in their 8-0 win over Schalke and Hansi Flick does not want any let-up from his players.The reigning champions were in scintillating form against a hapless Schalke, storming into a 3-0 lead by half-time thanks to goals from Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka and a Robert Lewandowski penalty.

FC Schalke 04 is on the ground. A new trainer can only combat the symptoms. Because it's not just sporty. The whole club urgently needs to be brought into the modern age, comments Jörg Strohschein.

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Davids Wagner on Saturday evening made almost no effort to even try to get the interpretive sovereignty on his side. Not only the result against Werder Bremen (1: 3) was too clear, but also the form of the presentation of his team, which missed almost all the virtues that a football team should have. "I know the mechanics of business," said Wagner.

The 18th game in a row without a win prompted Schalke's sports director Jochen Schneider on Sunday lunchtime to relieve Wagner of the sporting responsibility for the completely insecure Schalke professionals. Schneider has to put up with the question, why did he start the new Bundesliga season with Wagner at all? At the end of the past season, the coach had hardly any support within the team. The consequences of this misjudgment by those responsible for Schalke can be seen in the first two games of the new season ( 0: 8 at FC Bayern , 1: 3 against Bremen).

David Wagner facing the sack at Schalke just ONE GAME into new season

  David Wagner facing the sack at Schalke just ONE GAME into new season Wagner took over at the Bundesliga club last year after a successful spell with the Terriers, but the 48-year-old set a new club record last season when Schalke went 16 league games without a win. And their poor form continued into the new campaign, as Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich served up an 8-0 hammering of Wagner's side at the Allianz Arena.

Only dependent on banks

Ein neuer Trainer kann beim S04 nur Symptome beheben, sagt DW-Redakteur Jörg Strohschein © Provided by Deutsche Welle A new trainer can only fix symptoms in the S04, says DW editor Jörg Strohschein

But the Schalke are not only sporty on the ground. The Ruhr Area Club is burdened with around 200 million euros in liabilities. The association was only able to survive the Corona break through a state guarantee. A CFO is missing after the departure of Peter Peters. In addition, with the former chairman of the supervisory board and billionaire meat manufacturer Clemens Tönnies , who resigned after massive protests by supporters , the club lost a potential financier who in the past repeatedly plugged financial holes without red tape, be it through private loans. It is at least questionable whether banks on the capital market will soon compensate for Schalke's deficits with fresh money.

Hard times for Wagner - Schneider: Indisputable appearance

 Hard times for Wagner - Schneider: Indisputable appearance © Matthias Balk / dpa Had no answers to the waves of attack by FC Bayern and no suitable staff: Schalke coach David Wagner. Schalke's sports director Jochen Schneider put pressure on coach David Wagner and his team after the desperate season opener in the 8-0 defeat against FC Bayern Munich. “Yesterday's appearance in Munich was out of the question, there are no two opinions. A Schalke 04 team is not allowed to present itself like that, ”said the 50-year-old to the German press agency.

The entire club is currently paralyzed. As if the Bundesliga team had moved on and Schalke had missed the descent a long time ago. And if you don't have the money to deal with your problems, then you at least need ideas. With the necessary step of hiring a new trainer who will at least temporarily stop the sporting downtrend, one only combats the superficial symptoms of the slow decline.

Mutual distrust

The Schalke management floor has been lacking football expertise and controversial, constructive discussions about possible solutions for a long time. On the contrary: long-term clusters, obscure power games and a climate of mutual distrust have been established on the Schalke corridors for a long time. Recently, almost no one in the workforce dared to criticize the decisions of their superiors. Also because many employees had the feeling that personnel decisions were made less on the basis of individual skills and more on personal sensitivities. A works council was set up especially so that the employees even saw a chance to be heard - in the times of ex-manager Rudi Assauer that would have been just as unnecessary as it would have been unthinkable.

The club urgently needs a new strategy that will transfer the unhealthy Schalke hierarchy, which dates back to the old FRG, into the new era of modern corporate management. Even if professional football is subject to its own laws, time goes on here too. With the Royal Blues, however, it has been standing still far too long.

Author: Jörg Strohschein

Bundesliga: Schalke 04 - SC Paderborn: Test game live today .
The Bundesliga and 2nd league are in the international break. Nevertheless, the teams are active. Schalke and Paderborn meet for a friendly today. Here you can find out how you can follow the game on TV and livestream. © Provided by SPOX Schalke 04 and SC Paderborn met in the Bundesliga last season. When and where do Schalke and Paderborn meet? The test match between Schalke and Paderborn is scheduled for Thursday, October 8th. The ball is already rolling in the Schalke Park Stadium at 2 p.m.

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