Gelsenkirchen (dpa) - Sports director Peter Knäbel leaves no doubts about the future of coach Dimitrios Grammozis at Bundesliga soccer club FC Schalke 04.

When asked in the interactive Schalke fan format, whether Grammozis would remain the coach in the second division in view of the so far modest record, Knäbel answered briefly with “Yes”.

The former Bundesliga professional Grammozis signed a contract until 2022 as the successor to Christian Gross at the beginning of March and has since recorded a win in seven games.

Since the 0: 1 in Bielefeld, the bottom of the table is the first to be relegated.

In 90 minutes, Knäbel remained vague about the plans for the House of Commons.

He wanted to set up a “competitive squad with ambitions”.

He singled out veterans Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (37) and Sead Kolasinac (27) as “identifying figures”.

When planning the squad, you are dependent on the budget, it is not like “that your wallet has opened”.

But one remains “in conversation” with Huntelaar and Kolasinac. 

There was also no new stand on the subject of sports director. As a candidate, Mathias Schober is a member of the “Squad Planning Task Force”.

Knäbel: "The search is ongoing, nothing has been decided yet."

According to «Bild-Zeitung», Benjamin Schmedes from VfL Osnabrück is also a candidate.

According to Knäbel, his former position as technical director could be "rationalized away".    


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