Schalke 04 appointed Dimitrios Grammozis as the new trainer on Tuesday.

The 42-year-old German-born Greek is already the fifth coach of the club from Gelsenkirchen, who is heading towards relegation from the Bundesliga as the last player.

Grammozis signs a contract with Schalke until mid-2022. He has little experience as a head coach.

From February 2019 to the summer of 2020, he was ultimately responsible for SV Darmstadt, finishing fifth in the 2. Bundesliga last season.

Before that he worked for five years in the youth academy of VfL Bochum.

The former player of, among others, Hamburger SV and 1. FC Köln is the successor of Christian Gross, who was fired after three months after the 5-1 defeat against VfB Stuttgart.

Technical director Jochen Schneider, assistant trainer Rainer Widmayer, team manager Sascha Riether and conditioning coach Werner Leuthardt also had to leave immediately.

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, the layoffs were the result of a player revolt.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, together with teammates Sead Kolasinac and Shkodran Mustafi, had already urged the board to dismiss Gross before the duel with Stuttgart.

Huntelaar made the switch from Ajax to Schalke in January, but due to injuries he only played ten minutes so far.

This season, David Wagner (two games), Manuel Baum (ten), Huub Stevens (two) and Gross (ten) were already ahead of the group at Schalke.

'Die Königsblauen', who have been continuously active in the Bundesliga since 1992, have only had one league victory this season: on January 9 against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (4-0).

Grammozis will lead Schalke's training for the first time on Wednesday and will be sitting on the bench on Friday when his team takes on the number seventeen 1. FSV Mainz 05. With eleven rounds to go, Schalke is nine points behind on sixteenth place. Arminia Bielefeld, who entitles you to participate in the play-offs.

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