Gelsenkirchen (dpa) – David Wagner had to complete a coach’s most difficult kit.
While the executives did not comment publicly and almost certainly discussed his future somewhere in the catacombs, the FC Schalke 04 coach had to run an interview marathon after the again sobering 1: 3 (0: 2) against Werder Bremen. In which he had to explain what cannot be explained. And arguments were asked for his continued employment, for hope and fear, although everyone knew what would happen. It seems difficult to imagine that Wagner will remain a coach without a victory even after Schalke’s 18th game in a row.
And so, in a situation where there was nothing to gain, Wagner earned respect for his surrender. But also shook his head a few times. Because he wanted to see “a step forward” in the not so bad second half. Because in the end all he had to do was give perseverance slogans (“We shouldn’t bury our heads in the sand”). And because he overly defended his player Ozan Kabak after his spit at Ludwig Augustinsson from Bremen (“I firmly believe it wasn’t on purpose. Even if the photos don’t reveal it.”)
Eventually Wagner also announced that he no longer seriously believes in remaining in office. “I believe I can be part of the solution. But we are not giving arguments in the form of results,” he said. “I am primarily responsible for that. And I know the mechanics of business.”
At the most, the question is whether Schalke wants to start the new coach with the difficult away match in Leipzig or rather not let him participate in the international break. But in this case, the deployment of an interim trainer like Mike Büskens is exchanged. When asked about the permanent successor, former Mainzer Sandro Schwarz, former Augsburg man Manuel Baum, ex-Stuttgart Alexander Zorniger and Schalke player icon Marc Wilmots are traded on the rumor exchange.
In fact, everything contradicts David Wagner. The 18 matches without a win represent by far the longest negative run in the club’s history. The 8-0 defeat in Munich last week was the second highest defeat in the club’s history. And never in Bundesliga history has a team started worse than Schalke with zero points and 1:11 goals from two games.
As a Sky expert, record player Lothar Matthäus expressed “the feeling that the chemistry between coach and team is not right”. Looking at goalscorer Mark Uth (90 + 2), national player Sebastian Rudy, goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann and Nabil Bentaleb, Matthäus added: “I don’t see a clear hierarchy as many players were beaten by lending them out last year.”
His Bremen Florian Kohfeldt was still a long way from saying goodbye, but the relief was palpable after the false start at 1: 4 against Hertha BSC. “It wasn’t easy for us,” said the 37-year-old. “But we saw how we wanted to play at every moment.” Deciding on match winner Niclas Füllkrug, who scored all three goals (22nd / 37th / 59th, penalty kick), and against Davie Selke, who was successful last week, Kohfeldt remarked with the winner’s smile: was a gut -decision I got lucky once. “