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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Sporting director Rouven Schröder resigns with immediate effect

Sports director Rouven Schröder surprisingly resigns at Schalke 04. This exacerbates the crisis at the bottom of the table.

A month and a half without points, a week without a coach – and now without a head of sport: a completely surprising resignation by Rouven Schröder has massively aggravated the crisis at bottom of the Bundesliga table Schalke 04.

Actually, the fallen climber wanted to present the successor to Frank Kramer, instead he announced on Wednesday after a crisis meeting in the arena that his sports director would be leaving immediately for personal reasons.

“The decision to leave Schalke 04 was anything but easy for me,” said the 47-year-old Schröder, who, after relegation in 2021, turned the team inside out under great pressure to save and thus created the basis for immediate promotion: “Together we have Experienced 18 highly intense months.”

As the picture reported, Schröder is said to be exhausted after the exhausting weeks and months (100 transfers since relegation in 2021). In addition, there was a serious illness in his immediate vicinity. He had allegedly only informed the board that he would not fulfill his contract, which ran until 2024, and that he wanted to stop during the winter break. There was no orderly withdrawal.

Schalke 04: New details about Schröder’s exit

The ultimate trigger for the immediate separation was therefore an internal dispute about the occupation of the coaching position. Schröder is said to have favored Thomas Reis, but the supervisory board around boss Axel Hefer would have doubts about the former Bochum coach.

As sky and the sports buzzer however, unanimously report should the royal blues still agree with rice. The 49-year-old still had a contract after his leave of absence in mid-September and is expected to pay part of the fee himself.

Schröder’s search for his second head coach after Kramer’s mistake unexpectedly dragged on. Originally, the sports director wanted to hire a new head coach last week, but he got rejections from Bruno Labbadia and the Austrian Christian Ilzer. According to media reports, former Swiss national coach Vladimir Petkovic also gave Schalke a basket on Wednesday.

Schalke: Matthias Kreutzer leads the training

Reis, with whom Schalke had already spoken last summer, moved up the list of candidates again. On Wednesday, after Schröder informed the team of his decision, interim coach Matthias Kreutzer led the training again.

Now Schalke is not only looking for a new coach, but also a new sports director. For the time being, sporting director Peter Knäbel took over Schröder’s duties and praised his work: “Rouven has rendered services to the club, the importance of which may only be fully assessed and appreciated by the public in a few years.” Without Schröder’s work, the heavily indebted traditional club would “no longer exist in its usual form”.

Situation at Schalke highly precarious

The situation at Schalke is extremely precarious: after five league bankruptcies in a row, the promoted team has fallen to last place, the team that Schröder had to rebuild again before the season, not least because of major financial problems, mostly lacked Bundesliga suitability. Money for new players is only available in a very limited amount.

Schröder, who left FSV Mainz 05 almost two years ago for personal reasons, took over sporting responsibility for the Gelsenkircheners after Schalke’s relegation and immediately brought them back to the Bundesliga – but only after the separation from coach Dimitrios Grammozis.

He didn’t have such a good hand as with his commitments for the 2nd division last summer: not only coach Kramer, but also several players like the Japanese defense chief Maya Yoshida or striker Sebastian Polter did not meet expectations.

Bundesliga: The current table

place team Sp. Gates differential pt.
1. Union Berlin 11 19:8 11 23
2. Bayern Munich 11 32:8 24 22
3. Freiburg 11 16:13 3 21
4. Eintracht Frankfurt 11 24:18 6 20
5. Borussia Dortmund 11 18:14 4 19
6. Mainz 05 11 16:13 3 18
7. Hoffenheim 11 17:12 5 17
8th. RB Leipzig 11 20:18 2 16
9. Borussia M’gladbach 11 19:17 2 16
10 Cologne 11 19:22 -3 16
11. Werder Bremen 11 20:18 2 15
12. augsburg 11 14:19 -5 14
13. Hertha BSC 11 14:16 -2 11
14 Wolfsburg 11 13:19 -6 11
15 Bayer Leverkusen 11 16:23 -7 9
16 Stuttgart 11 13:20 -7 8th
17 Bochum 11 11:28 -17 7
18 Schalke 04 11 11:26 -15 6


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