At FCSchalke 04, the power struggle has escalated publicly. Supervisory board chairman Jens Buchta accuses a group that Ralf Rangnick wants to install past the committee as a board member and trainer of behavior that is harmful to the association.
“You just have to imagine it: a non-legitimized group spoke to Rangnick and made him an offer on behalf of the association,” said the lawyer SZ. “This is a clear violation of proper and statutory procedures and of the agreements that we have on the supervisory board.”
Parallel reports in imageNewspaper and WAZ Buchta said that a “preliminary agreement” with the preferred candidate was “specifically initiated”. The group, which communicates through the supervisory board member Stefan Gesenhues, also asked sponsors (including Veltins and Stölting) to reconsider their commitment in the event of a refusal by Rangnick and thus exerted pressure. “That’s why my assessment: damaging to the club. I’m sorry, I can’t call it any other way,” said Buchta.
Curious: The supervisory board did not address Rangnick, “because we thought we could not offer him the framework conditions he had in Leipzig and Hoffenheim,” reported Buchta. Official talks are now taking place with the 62-year-old: “Of course we will not ignore him.”
Overall, the farce in the bottom of the Bundesliga table is “not a good story”. Buchta suspects it is about election campaigns: “Three members of this group are interested in being elected to the supervisory board at the next general meeting.”