Gelsenkirchen (dpa) – Manuel Baum paid little attention to the many cameras on the club’s grounds. During his first training on Wednesday evening, the new coach of the Bundesliga club FC Schalke 04 devoted himself fully to his work with the pros.

After all, there is little time left until the difficult game on Saturday at RB Leipzig (6.30 p.m.) to get his team back on track after the depressing opening defeats at Bayern (0: 8) and against Werder Bremen (1: 3).

“My approach is as follows: we leave the past behind and look to the future. The team has a lot more potential than they recently showed. It’s important to me that we leave problems out of consideration and look for solutions,” said the 41 -year-old. Supporter of David Wagner.

The confidence of the former Augsburg coach, who last worked for the DFB, should be transferred to the team: “I am proud to have had the opportunity to work as a trainer at this great club. I approach the task. in a totally positive way. and look forward to everything to come.

Even before the hoped-for first sense of achievement at Schalke, Baum managed to cheer up the tense club bosses a bit. Because even with his five-year-old son, he proved himself a skilled psychologist and took away his initial disappointment with his departure from the DFB. “I showed him a YouTube video on my laptop that a fan had recorded singing the club song in the north bend. It gave me goosebumps and my son understood very quickly what Schalke meant,” Baum revealed. .

He added with a grin: “Then he made two wishes: he would also like to see a game at Schalke. And I can’t come home without taking him a shirt.”

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