Gelsenkirchen (dpa) – Manuel Baum paid little attention to the many cameras on the club grounds. The new coach of Bundesliga football club FC Schalke 04 devoted himself fully to his work with the pros on Wednesday evening during his first training session.
After all, until the tough game on Saturday at RB Leipzig (6.30 p.m.) there is little time to rebuild his team 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 ahead. The team has a lot more potential than they recently showed. It’s important to me that we leave problems out and look for solutions,” said the 41- year old. Supporter of David Wagner.
The confidence of the former Augsburg coach, who last worked at the DFB, must be transferred to the team: “I am proud to have had the opportunity to work as a trainer at this great club. And look forward to everything. what comes. “
Even before the hoped-for first sense of achievement at Schalke, Baum managed to cheer up the tense club bosses. Because already with his five-year-old son he proved to be a skilled psychologist and dispelled 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 match at Schalke. And I can’t come home without taking him a shirt.”