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Gelsenkirchen (dpa) - The long-time Mainz sports director Rouven Schröder will become sports director at FC Schalke 04 on June 1. This was announced by the Schalke team, who were already relegated to the 2nd Bundesliga, on Tuesday.

The 45-year-old ex-professional will take on responsibility for squad planning, scouting and staffing the departments.

The royal blues had already appointed Peter Knäbel to the sports board at the end of March.

"The supervisory board and management board agree that the multitude of tasks in the sporting field cannot be shouldered by one person alone, but that we need additional expertise," explained Knäbel.

«With Rouven we were able to win an expert for S04 who has the necessary network and the professional qualities in this area.

His main task will be to build a new team that can successfully represent Schalke 04 both now and in the future. "

Schröder initially worked for a year and a half as the sports director at SpVgg Greuther Fürth, from 2014 to 2016 as director of professional football and scouting at Werder Bremen, from 2016 to December 2020, initially as sports director and then as a sports director at FSV Mainz 05.

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