With an unknown step, the board of the Royal Blues turns to supporters and members. In an open letter, the decision-makers call for a factual discussion – and speak about the clearly defined seasonal goal.

The board of troubled Bundesliga club FC Schalke 04 understands the frustration of the fans. ‘We know how much you are suffering,’ writes the three-man committee in an open letter to the royal blue supporters, ‘so much so that some have even turned away from their beloved club in recent months – out of despair, out of anger, out of misunderstanding of the past months. . “Schalke has had 26 games over the seasons without a win in the Bundesliga and after ten match days they are only three points behind at the bottom of the table. This is one of the reasons why the board of directors around sporting director Jochen Schneider speaks of a crisis that has not occurred “for decades”.

Certainly in view of the Corona crisis and the resulting financial damage, relegation is “a very decisive step” to stabilize Schalke again. “We are convinced that we will make it – giving up was and is never an option for Schalker”, emphasized the management. The fans, it is said, have “every right to criticize and sometimes get out loud”. Only one forbids himself from proclaiming individuals “bogeymen.” This does not help in the current situation.

In order to facilitate the most constructive discussion possible, Schalke’s board is planning the upcoming general meeting as a face-to-face event – as soon as the corona pandemic permits. The timetable is clear: “First the demotion, then the ordinary general meeting including debate and elections to the committees.” Because: “All that matters until the end of May is relegation.”

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