Sports director Jochen Schneider is one of the faces of the crisis at FC Schalke 04. The fans are demanding his dismissal, of all things after the Revier derby against BVB it could be. An ex-HSV sports director is traded as his successor.
Around 400 Schalke fans, most of whom are members of the Ultras Gelsenkirchen, according to media reports, gathered on Friday evening in front of the office of the severed Bundesliga bottom on Berger Feld. Your concern: the protest against the controversial sports director Jochen Schneider.
“Regardless of whether it’s league one or two, Jochen, you’re not in it,” read one of several posters. A video showing loud “tailor out” chants also spread via social networks.
“Bild” had previously reported that Schneider could no longer experience the end of the season in his role as sports director of the Royal Blues. Accordingly, the club’s supervisory board decided to wait only for the next two Bundesliga games before taking any personal consequences. Spicy: After the game against Union Berlin this weekend, which ended 0-0, the derby against BVB is on the agenda.
Schneider avoids TV appearance in the game against Union
Should FC Schalke not be able to win against BVB, Schneider will have to take his hat off.
The club is already planning for the 2nd Bundesliga and a direct promotion.
The current sports director is clearly not trusted to achieve this goal.
According to “dpa” information, talks are already underway in the district club’s supervisory board about a replacement and a succession plan. “We are not commenting on these rumors,” said a Schalke spokesman.
Schneider was finally present on Saturday evening in his role as sports director at the 0-0 at Union Berlin, but avoided the usual walk in front of the TV cameras and preferred to remain silent.
FC Schalke 04: Ex-HSV sports director as Schneider successor?
According to “Bild” there is even a possible Schneider successor ready. Accordingly, the former HSV sports director Peter Knäbel could take over the job in Gelsenkirchen. Knäbel is already in charge of the Schalke junior division and would therefore need little time to get used to it. According to the report, Erik Stoffelshaus is also a possible Schneider heir.
Jochen Schneider has not collected any arguments for continued employment in the last few months. His personal decisions in particular are criticized. Not only is he chalked up for the mistake with ex-trainer Manuel Baum, but also numerous transfers that demonstrably did not ignite as hoped were on his cap.
Recently, there were also doubts about the last-minute transfers that had recently been made, which have not yet shown what is necessary to keep the league after all.