Ralf Rangnick cancels Schalke 04

Schalke 04 have to plan their sporting future without Ralf Rangnick. The long-time first division coach and sports director canceled the royal blues in an official statement on Saturday.

“I would have liked to have contributed to help Schalke on the difficult path back to old strength. Unfortunately, due to the numerous imponderables within the club, I am currently unable to take on the sporting responsibility at S04,” said the 62- Year old quoted in a press release.

On Thursday the bottom of the table announced that a “constructive discussion about a possible engagement” had taken place with Rangnick. The ex-S04 coach was the preferred candidate of Schalke, who are already planning for the 2nd Bundesliga.

“Schalke 04 is an affair of the heart for me. The overwhelmingly positive reactions of the royal blue community to my possible return have deeply impressed me and confirmed my feelings for this very special club”, emphasized Rangnick in the statement.

He wished all members and supporters of the club “that they succeed in pooling all their strengths to make Schalke 04 a unit on and off the pitch again and to lead it upwards”.

Ralf Rangnick cancels Schalke: The statement in full

Most recently, Rangnick was also traded as a candidate for the successor to national coach Joachim Loew. The 61-year-old will be leaving the German Football Association (DFB) after the EURO this summer.

Schalke 04 is a matter close to my heart. The overwhelmingly positive reactions of the royal blue community to my possible return have deeply impressed me and confirmed my feelings for this very special club. I would have loved to get involved to help Schalke on the difficult path back to their old strength. Unfortunately, due to the numerous imponderables within the club, I am currently unable to take on the sporting responsibility at S04. I wish all members and supporters of the club that they succeed in pooling all their strengths to make Schalke 04 a unit again on and off the pitch and to lead it to the top.

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