Gelsenkirchen (AP) – After the worst start to the season in the history of the league, FC Schalke 04 has released coach David Wagner. The Bundesliga club announced this on Sunday morning.
A successor for the 48-year-old has not yet been announced. Candidates include the former Mainz Sandro Schwarz, the former Augsburg Manuel Baum, the ex-Stuttgart Alexander Zorniger and the Schalke player icon Marc Wilmots.
“We all hoped that together with David Wagner we could achieve the sporting turnaround. Unfortunately the first two match days of the new season did not deliver the necessary performances and results”, sports director Jochen Schneider said: “We have therefore decided to staff to take a new start. Despite the disappointing results, this decision was anything but easy for us. “His assistants Christoph Bühler and Frank Fröhling must also go with Wagner.
Wagner is only the fourth coach in the 58th Bundesliga season after Rinus Michels (Cologne 1983), Morten Olsen (Cologne 1995) and Dieter Hecking (Hannover 2009), who had to leave as a result of the second day of play. Jörn Andersen had to leave FSV Mainz 05 in 2009 for the first day of play. Wagner, who was a professional with Schalke from 1995 to 1997, had a contract until 2022. Never in the history of the Bundesliga has a team started worse than Schalke with zero points and 1:11 goals from two games.
In mid-January they applauded the coach who had been brought to Schalke in the summer. After the 2-0 victory against Gladbach at the start of the second half of the season, Schalke was fifth – level with arch-rival Dortmund and three points behind second-place Bayern. Wagner seemed to have understood and revived Schalke. Schalke has not won a game since then. After the 0: 8 at the start at FC Bayern Munich, sports director Jochen Schneider had already left Wagner and he had no longer given a job guarantee. Immediately after the 1: 3 against Bremen with an equally sobering performance, Schneider had not wanted to say anything. Wagner must then be clear at the latest what to expect.