FC Schalke 04: Mission self-destruction of the Royal Blues

FC Schalke 04: Mission self-destruction of the Royal Blues
FC Schalke 04: Mission self-destruction of the Royal Blues

Updated November 24, 2020, 8:31 a.m.

  • FC Schalke 04 are currently delivering one negative highlight after the other.
  • The club is apparently heading straight for the full crash.
  • How should and must things go on in Gelsenkirchen?

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Last weekend was a new low in a year full of screwed-up weekends: the glorious one FC Schalke failed on all fronts and slowly you have to ask yourself how all of this should go on in Gelsenkirchen?

The 0: 2 against VfL Wolfsburg including an absolutely indisputable first half meant the 24th Bundesliga game in a row without a win and the fifth defeat of this season. But it was only the beginning of another horrific spectacle: Immediately after the game, attackers put down Mark Uth am Sky-Mikrofon go ahead, accused the other players and himself relentlessly.

Beating and nagging like that can have a cleansing effect, wake up the troops and besides, you don’t even know that in these times when soccer players act like talking dolls in interviews and not like self-determined people. On Schalke but that is also obviously very different.

Uth’s statements were nothing else than a cry for help. “I’m so served and so mad at the moment. I could go into the dressing room and just cry,” said the player. “It’s so sad every time to dribble and play powerless football. We’re being played. We play all together very, very bad football. I don’t know how we’re going to win a game like that. “

FC Schalke 04: Zoff in the cabin and on the pitch

Uth expressly clung to this Coach Manuel Baum from his maneuver criticism that the coach is not to blame for the results. A respectable move by the player, but one that did not achieve a 24 hour half-life. On the Sunday morning before training, it should be partially in the cabin fierce verbal battles between coach Baum and individual players have come, as the “Bild” reports. Players who were replaced by the coach and who were obviously upset enough to mess with their manager.

The heated atmosphere apparently carried over to the training ground, where then Co-trainer Naldo and old star Vedad Ibisevic clashed so violently, according to media reportsthat it was not just mutual verbal reproaches, but also hands were used. According to the report by “Bild”, several players had to separate the two brawlers, and the unit was then broken off. Schalke 04 would have so much to practice.

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With the Mainz victory in Freiburg Schalke slipped a few hours after the big bang during training to 18th place in the table. Schalke scored the fewest points (three), the fewest goals (five) and conceded the most (24). The team is well deserved from the bottom of the table, there should be little doubt about that.

At Schalke it burns brightly in every corner, not only in the sporting area. Last week, the media department had to capture a report from “Bild” that wrote about how long-standing employees in top positions were dealt with.

One fat bowl after the other

Allegedly, the heads of the sponsoring, merchandising and tradition departments were given the choice: Demotion or severance payment. The result was a collective outcry from the Schalke fan scene on social media about the shoddy treatment of employees who have been with the club for decades and thus significantly longer than the current top of the club such as coach Baum, who Sports directors Jochen Schneider and Alexander Jobst or the technical director Michael Reschke.

“FC Schalke clearly contradicts reporting that is essentially inaccurate,” said a press release, and the club is already examining legal action. But even if there is little or nothing in the tabloid story: Something always sticks – and it adds to the list of debatable decisions from the recent past.

The lax handling of Clemens Tönnies and his racist statements was a start, with the termination of a number of mini-jobbers from the Schalke driver service and the hardship application for ticket reimbursement, it continued. Now the debates about the department heads and the utter chaos within the team. The communication and public image of the club just seem disastrous.

In the midst of this turbulence, the Outsourcing and thus a farewell to the “registered association” more and more in focus. The corona crisis hit Schalke particularly hard, dramatically worsening the already very tense financial situation. We’re talking about one Debt burden of around 200 million euros.

The possible descent as a fatal blow?

“We are currently working on a concept to give FC Schalke 04 a structure that on the one hand fits 104 percent to our club, but on the other hand enables us to tackle higher goals again in the long term,” Jobst recently said “Kicker”. A comprehensible thought, but also not a really new idea: Much too long was fresh, foreign money nice that alleged Schalke panacea. However, without a lasting or significant effect.

Schalke 04 has been on the brink for more than a decade, but now the situation is doubly threatening: A Relegation from the Bundesliga would be a sporting disaster and, from an economic point of view, possibly something like that Death blow for the club. With 40 to 50 million euros less income as a second division club, the liabilities would hardly be serviceable if the fragile construct would collapse very quickly.

After this Low point from the weekend one has to fear: that’s not it, there is more to come. FC Schalke 04 is stuck in the downward spiral and there is apparently no escape at the moment.

Sources used:

  • Sky: “I could just cry”
  • Bild.de: “Training interruption at Schalke”
  • Kicker.de: “We are working on a concept”

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