The new sports manager Peter Knäbel has set the first course at Schalke 04, the bottom of the table, but has not yet decided on the head coach question. “Mike Büskens has declared his willingness to look after the team as an assistant coach. Not only temporarily, but permanently,” said the 54-year-old on Monday. The 1997 UEFA Cup winner was also in charge of training in the afternoon.
U23 manager Gerald Asamoah also succeeds Sascha Riether and will take over the coordination of the licensed players department until the end of the season. Sebastian Klein, the athletics coordinator at the Knappenschmiede, replaces the athletics boss Werner Leuthard, who, like sports director Jochen Schneider, coach Christian Gross and Riether, was released on Sunday after the 5-1 defeat against VfB Stuttgart.
The new head coach, “the most important question” (Knäbel), has not yet been found. “You need the appropriate time for that. It is so important that it needs to be clarified,” he said: “There has to be a high probability that it will also fit.”
On Friday, Schalke will face penultimate FSV Mainz 05 (8.30 p.m. live on DAZN). “I expect the entire team, including the functional team, to have a top attitude. We have a chance and an obligation to make up for the impression we have made over the past few weeks. I expect a very good performance, it is based on the attitude. And then it has to be a good result, “said Knäbel.