Schalke’s problems continued on Sunday after they sacked their first-team coaching staff to become the first club in Bundesliga history with five different coaches in one season.
This follows a 5-1 defeat by Stuttgart on Saturday.
The club is currently bottom of the log and are taking dramatic measures in a desperate attempt to halt a first relegation since 1988.
“On Sunday, Schalke 04 dismissed head coach Christian Gross and his assistant Rainer Widmayer,” a club statement said.
“Squad manager Sascha Riether and Werner Leuthard, head of performance, have also been released. The supervisory board also decided during a conference call to lay off Jochen Schneider, the sport and communications executive, with immediate effect.”
Peter Knabel, a coach and director of the youth academy at Schalke, will take over the sporting leadership of the club, while a new coach is yet to be appointed.
The next coach will be the club’s fifth of the season following David Wagner, Manuel Baum, Huub Stevens and Gross.
This is a record in the Bundesliga’s nearly 60-year-long history, with the record of four different coaches held by several clubs including Hamburg and Hertha Berlin.
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By Ofhani Munyai