Gelsenkirchen (dpa) – David Wagner should have known what was coming. Already left alone by those responsible at FC Schalke 04, the 48-year-old had to run an interview marathon late on Saturday evening.
Wagner made another face of the difficult sobering contest, saying he wanted to be “part of the solution” – and was classified as the (partial) cause of the problems on Sunday. Less than 14 hours after the 1: 3 (0: 2) against Werder Bremen, which marked the worst start to the season for a Bundesliga club, Wagner was released.
“We all hoped that together with David Wagner we could make the sporting turnaround”, sports director Jochen Schneider said. “Unfortunately, the first two days of the new season did not deliver the necessary performances and results.”
In the summer, Schneider had held on to Wagner after the worst second half in club history. This was followed by the extension of the negative series to 18 games without a win, including the second-highest defeat in club history, 8-0 at Bayern in the previous week. “I’ve been there long enough to know that the arguments are lacking in the form of results,” said Sky’s Wagner. His assistants Christoph Bühler and Frank Fröhling must also accompany him.
A successor has not yet been announced. Schalke wants to inform about it “in the coming days”. It cannot be ruled out that an interim coach like Mike Büskens will step in for the difficult match in Leipzig with a view to the next international break. For the permanent successor, the former Mainzer Sandro Schwarz, the former Augsburg man Manuel Baum, the ex-Stuttgart Alexander Zorniger and the Schalke player icon Marc Wilmots are traded on the rumor exchange.
Schalke’s former coach, Ralf Rangnick, does not rule out a return to the Revierclub. “I have been off for eight weeks. If I said that I am not interested in Schalke at all, I would be lying”, Rangnick said on “Sky90” on Sunday: “At the moment I find it difficult to imagine that I am Go once … But saying never in football is difficult. ”62-year-old Rangnick trained Schalke in 2004/05 and in 2011. Most recently, he was Head of Sport and Development Soccer at Red Bull until the end of July.
Wagner, who was a professional with Schalke from 1995 to 1997, signed in the summer of last year until 2022. In mid-January, they cheered Jürgen Klopp’s best man at Schalke. After beating Gladbach 2-0 at the start of the second half of the season, Schalke was on points at fifth level with arch-rival Dortmund and three points behind second-place Bayern. Wagner seemed to have understood and revived Schalke. The Royal Blues haven’t won a game since then.
In the end, a lot seemed to slip away from the coach and Schneider too, plus a lot of bad luck. For a long time, the financially troubled Schalke team could not propose newcomers. A professional tested positive for Corona in training camp, followed by the fatal 0: 8, another Corona case and Ozan Kabak’s outage against Bremen. The Turkish defender, who caused a penalty and eventually saw yellow-red, spat in the direction of Ludwig Augustinsson from Bremen. What Wagner falsely defended: “I firmly believe it wasn’t on purpose. Even if the photos don’t reveal it.”
Although Wagner was almost always so unconditional for his players, the record player Lothar Matthäus as a Sky expert expressed “the feeling that the chemistry between coach and team is not right”. A difficult condition was that goalscorer Mark Uth (90. + 2), national player Sebastian Rudy, goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann and Nabil Bentaleb would now become Wagner’s saviors after having nothing to do with them last year.
“I don’t see a clear hierarchy because a lot of players were beaten by lending them out last year,” said Matthäus. In addition, Wagner has recently made himself tactically vulnerable. Because he took players like Rudy to unknown positions where they were uncertain factors. Or let Munich perform too high.
Ultimately, the betting company ‘s prediction that is a premium partner of Schalke and still listed Wagner as the favorite for the season’s first coach eviction came true. In the 58th Bundesliga season, he is only the fourth head coach after Rinus Michels (Cologne 1983), Morten Olsen (Cologne 1995) and Dieter Hecking (Hannover 2009), who had to leave after the second match day. Jörn Andersen had to leave FSV Mainz 05 in 2009 for the first day of play.