After the general overhaul of the management team, FC schalke 04 will only be going in one direction in the new season – upwards.
But the new head coach david wagner did not want to formulate any detailed tabular goals before the start of training. "Talking about goals would be total nonsense. The important thing is that we play a kind of football that appeals to people," said the 47-year-old at his official introduction. But it's also clear that "things should be better than last season, also in terms of the table."
For him, creating an atmosphere that "makes people want to work" is a priority. Team spirit and mental attitude are the basics that have to be demanded constantly." according to wagner, schalke was rightly not one of the teams that recently finished in the top ten places in the bundesliga. "Now we want to try as quickly as possible to close this discrepancy."
Wagner not the only one to breathe new life into the revierclub. In addition to wagner, technical director michael reschke and sascha riether as coordinator of the licensed player department also made their first public appearances in their new roles on thursday. "We have gained new personnel who combine two points: professional quality and team player characteristics," said schalke sports director jochen schneider.
Last year, the 2018 runners-up only finished 14th in the table after many substitutions. Finished in second place in the table and clearly missed the renewed qualification for the international. "With the members' meeting next sunday, we will finally put an end to the messed-up season. We have created clear structures," explained schneider.
Former pro riether to act as liaison between team, coach and board in future. "Everything that happens in the professional area goes over my table. I want to know everything," said the 36-year-old former national player.
In order to achieve these goals, wagner, who won the UEFA cup with schalke in 1997 and coached english premier league club huddersfield town from 2015 to mid-january 2019, will receive personnel support. Christoph buhler and frank frohling hired as co-coaches. Sports psychologist sascha lense has been hired from second-division team dynamo dresden. Massimo mariotti joins from vfb stuttgart as integration staff member. Sports director schneider is also supported in his area by rene grotus. He was previously sports coordinator at league rival RB leipzig.
New players were not introduced. But reschke is confident that the player squad will take on more contours in the near future. "There is a fierce race going on right now for every single player. The name schalke 04 plays a rough role here. When we get in touch, there's an immediate aha effect," said reschke, who was appointed to the 1. June had taken up his work at schalke.
Some professionals like hamza mendyl, nahil bentaleb and breel embolo are likely to leave the club. New personnel expected soon. "We have made a very clear analysis and know what we want to do. It's not a dream come true, of course, and we know that we need patience," said Wagner.