Schalke’s German headcoach Manuel Baum appears on prior the German first division soccer Bundesliga match FC Augsburg 1907 vs FC Schalke 04 in Augsburg, southern Germany, on December 13, 2020.
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The Bundesliga’s backside membership Schalke 04 on Friday confirmed the sacking of Manuel Baum after simply 79 days as head coach, with Huub Stevens returning for his fourth stint to attempt to finish their 28-game winless streak within the league.
Schalke are already on their third coach this season as Stevens, 67, replaces Baum, who was appointed on September 30 after predecessor David Wagner was sacked.
At the time, Baum was described because the membership’s “last bullet” within the struggle towards relegation.
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Wednesday’s 2-0 residence loss to Freiburg left Schalke three matches in need of the league file of 31 video games with out victory, set by Tasmania Berlin in 1965/66.
This Saturday’s residence assembly with Arminia Bielefeld, who occupy the relegation play-off spot, is an opportunity for Schalke to assert a primary Bundesliga win since January.
After practically 30 years in Germany’s high flight, Schalke are six factors from security.
“The game against Bielefeld has enormous meaning for our club,” stated Schalke director Jochen Schneider.
“The team needs a new impulse and we trust Huub Stevens and (his assistant coach) Mike Bueskens to bring just that.”
Stevens is a membership legend having steered Schalke to their 1997 UEFA Cup ultimate triumph, beating Inter Milan on penalties when Bueskens was within the facet.
Stevens final stepped in at Schalke when Domenico Tedesco was sacked in March 2019.
The Dutchman led the staff to a 4-2 win at arch rivals Dortmund the next month which stored Schalke within the Bundesliga on the finish of the 2018/19 season.
“That was definitely the last time,” Stevens insisted on the time, but simply over 18 months later he’s again.
The Gelsenkirchen membership, who’ve enormous money owed, are taking a monetary gamble with Wagner and Baum, who each signed contracts till 2022, nonetheless on their payroll.