Coach David Wagner sees the threatening situation of his ex-club Schalke 04 as the logical consequence of a negative trend that has persisted for years. “The problems at Schalke 04 are complex and everyone has now become aware of that. It’s not just about a starting point that is helpful so that the key to the solution is found,” said the coach, who was dismissed from the miners at the end of September Sport1: “Unfortunately a lot went in the wrong direction for a long time.”
During his work, “some good ideas and approaches” were developed, “but in the end the financial shackles, the bad luck with injuries and Corona shot everything to pieces.” At the latest when Weston McKennie and Daniel Caligiuri were absent due to injuries, Wagner explains that he saw the crash coming. “I said to Michael Reschke and Jochen Schneider in the dressing room: ‘Now it’s going to be really disgusting’. I knew that this would be” a negative turning point “for us.
In his opinion, relegation would “not do Schalke any good”, and a new start in the 2nd Bundesliga offers no guarantee of improvement. Rather, it is “damn hard to assess what can help the club out of the mess,” said the 49-year-old. For years, “too many high-value, long-term contracts with little sporting quality” had been concluded. The “Schalke 04 now break the neck”.
At least many of these contracts would expire at the end of the season. That gives him hope “that the club will have financial air to breathe and that the new decision-makers will then be able to build a competitive team.” He himself had received false promises regarding the existing budget. With the announced funds, he had drawn up a realistic three-year plan, but “eight weeks later, there was nothing more of this budget. And that was before the pandemic,” said Wagner.