SCHALKE’S shambolic season will reach a new low next week, as they hunt a record FIFTH manager of the campaign.
The boss search will recommence after ex-Arsenal duo Sead Kolasinac and Shkodran Mustafi reportedly led a player revolt against Christian Gross.
Shkodran Mustafi has been unable to improve Schalke’s leaky defenceCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Sead Kolasinac hasn’t had a good time back at SchalkeCredit: EPA
But the Swiss managed only one win in 11 games at the helm, losing his final match 5-1 at Stuttgart on Saturday.
He now joins David Wagner, Manuel Baum and Huub Stevens on the Schalke scrapheap.
The Gelsenkirchen side will now the set a record as first club in Bundesliga history to have five managers in just one season.
Hamburg and Hertha Berlin had both previously also gone through four.
According to Bild, Kolasinac, Mustafi and veteran Klaas-Jan Huntelaar led a ‘player revolt’ against Gross.
Among their bones of contention were reportedly Gross’ tendency to confuse players’ names and his tone while addressing the club’s stars.
They also questioned his training methods and tactical nous.
Christian Gross was axed after 11 games in chargeCredit: AP:Associated Press
Club chief Jens Buchta announced the decisionCredit: AFP or licensors
Schalke’s shambolic season has seen them win just one of their 23 league games – while drawing six and losing the other 16.
That win did come under Gross, 66, a surprise 4-0 victory over Hoffenheim in early January, but it didn’t spark a run.
Defender Ozan Kabak left for Liverpool while the arrivals of Mustafi and Kolasinac haven’t sparked an improvement at the back.
As for Huntelaar, the 37-year-old has played just ten minutes since re-joining last month.
The Dutchman is struggling with muscle injuries.
In addition to Gross, Schalke also sacked assistant Rainer Widmayer – as well as squad manager Sascha Riether and head of performance Werner Leuthard.
Sascha Riether, left, has also been axedCredit: AFP or licensors
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has been unable to make an impact on the pitch since returning to SchalkeCredit: Reuters
Academy coach Peter Knabel has taken interim charge.
Club chief Jens Buchta said: “The decisions made today became inevitable after the disappointing results against Dortmund and Stuttgart.
“We must not beat around the bush, the sporting situation is obvious. That’s why we must think ahead to the new season with every personnel decision we take now.”
Rock bottom of the table, Schalke are nine points behind Arminia Bielefeld in the relegation play-off place, and Hertha Berlin in 15th.
Ex-Huddersfield boss David Wagner started the season in chargeCredit: EPA
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