Troubled Bundesliga club Schalke 04 changes coach again – and provides a surprise: Huub Stevens takes over as coach of the Royal Blues for the fourth time.
FC Schalke 04 has been separated from trainer Manuel Baum. For the next two games against Arminia Bielefeld in the league and against SSV Ulm in the DFB Cup, Huub Stevens will take over the troubled Bundesliga club as coach. This is reported by various media outlets, including WDR, Sport1 and “Kicker”.
The Dutchman, who was voted the club’s’ coach of the century ‘by Schalke fans and who was recently a member of the Royal Blues’ supervisory board, is now Schalke’s fourth time as a coach. Most recently, he jumped in as a firefighter at S04 in the second half of the 2018/2019 season. Together with his ex-player Mike Büskens as assistant coach, the two-time DFB Cup winner saved the Gelsenkirchen team from falling into the second division.
Baum was hired for the third day of the current Bundesliga season as the successor to the previously fired David Wagner at Schalke. The former Augsburg coach was unable to win any of his ten Bundesliga games, but the Royal Blues have not won 28 games over the seasons. Baum’s contract will run until the summer of 2022.