Schalke legend Klaus Fischer mourns his club after the fourth relegation in royal blue history. With SPOX and goal In addition to two ex-coaches, he also criticizes the players’ attitudes and predicts difficult times in the second division for S04.
“It’s sad for the club and all of us. I never expected that. Two years ago we played the Champions League,” says the 71-year-old, who played for Schalke between 1970 and 1981 and was third with 268 goals eternal Bundesliga scorers list stands opposite SPOX and goal. His tough verdict: “If you do everything wrong that you can do wrong, then something like that comes about.”
The decline was a result of a failed personnel policy in which “a lot of money was burned”. In addition, there were a large number of injuries and the effects of the corona pandemic, which would hit an “emotional club” like Schalke 04 and its ardent fans particularly hard.
According to Fischer, the fact that the Royal Blues released coach David Wagner shortly after the start of the current season and that Manuel Baum, Huub Stevens, Christian Gross and Dimitrios Grammozis took care of the team did not lead to any improvements. Fischer is particularly hard on Baum and Gross: “The two were out of place.”
In such a precarious situation, Baum had “brought in a trainer who became a German master student as a teacher and said when he was introduced: ‘Let me do it.’ You saw what came out of it. ” With Gross, a coach “who didn’t even know the players” followed. This says a lot about the developments in the club. Among other things, he called Alessandro Schöpf “Massimo” and Can Bozdogan “Erdogan”.
Schalke legend criticizes the player: “There was nothing at all!”
But he also called on the team itself for the horror season – Schalke only won two of their 30 Bundesliga games. “Where was the running, the fighting? Nothing at all!” Fischer looks at the second division with concern, in which HSV must fear promotion in its third season. “Something will happen to us, some will experience their blue miracle. They don’t play good football there, but teams like Regensburg fight like lions.”
Many players are already headed to a new employer, as their contract is only valid in the Bundesliga. Fischer is “angry” about statements like Suat Serdar’s. This recently stated in the Sports picturethat he sees himself “as permanently as possible in the Champions League”. For Fischer this raises “doubts about the character”.
Grammozis, who has already gained experience in the 2nd division, trusts Fischer to be successful with the team, but misses one thing: “In a situation like this one has to be talked about, that is not done.” In the coming season it will be important to find a good mix of young and old. He doubts whether a veteran like Klaas-Jan Huntelaar can still have a great influence: “I have nothing against him, but he’s a year older again.” For every opponent, the game against the great Schalke 04 in the lower house is the game of the year.
Fischer has no understanding of the incidents after relegation in Bielefeld, when the team and support staff were attacked and chased by fans at their own stadium after returning home. The ex-striker did not experience anything comparable in his active career. After relegation in 1981 only “a few eggs were thrown at the front door” and some unsightly posters were shown. This is “the very last thing”, now the club must act: “If you don’t intervene, these people will take over the club.”