Even if the topic is still taboo at Schalke: It is high time to work out scenarios of how the club, which is in debt with a good 240 million euros, could survive in the second division.

The romantically transfigured idea that the club could regenerate in the lower house, which prevails among parts of the fans, is questionable: First of all, Schalke would have to secure their own economic existence in the event of relegation.

That will not be easy.