Schalke crisis technical director sacked two suspended players from summer signing asked to leave
Bundesliga club Schalke plunged into further chaos on Tuesday after sacking their technical director, suspended two first-team players and separated a third player who joined before the start of the season.
Germany’s third-biggest club are winless in 24 league games and sit at the bottom of the Bundesliga table with three points after eight matches.
– Bundesliga on ESPN +: Stream games and reruns live (US only)
– ESPN + spectator guide: Bundesliga, Serie A, MLS, FA Cup and more
– A child’s mission to build all Bundesliga stadiums in Lego
Schalke has announced that Nabil Bentaleb and Amine Harit have been suspended from the first team while Vedad Ibisevic, who joined the club for a free transfer in September, will leave the club at the end of the year.
A club statement read: “FC Schalke 04 have made the following personnel decisions amid a difficult period for the club and keeping an eye on the five crucial Bundesliga games remaining before the winter break.
“Nabil Bentaleb and Amine Harit will train individually, under the supervision of the first team coaching staff, until further notice. Vedad Ibisevic’s contract with the club will end on December 31, 2020.”
Earlier today, Schalke had already parted ways with technical director Michael Reschke. The club’s sporting director, Jochen Schneider, said in a statement that there had been “different views on the club’s sporting future” between the two.
Ibisevic, who has said he intends to play at the club for free, clashed with assistant coach Naldo in a training session for the reservists following the 2-0 loss to VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday . Schalke said the termination of his contract had nothing to do with the incident.
Meanwhile, the club have announced that former Tottenham midfielder Bentaleb will leave the club “no later than summer 2021” on the same day of the player’s 26th birthday.
Schalke’s Twitter account had sent a birthday message to the Algeria international but it was quickly deleted and the player was later suspended.
Harit, who signed a new contract last year, snubbed coach Manuel Baum without any interest after being replaced in the 38th minute in last weekend’s game. The Morocco international has failed to score a goal this season as he contributed seven goals and seven assists last season.
“He was not able to bring [his potential] to the team over the past several months, “Schneider said in a statement.” We will not give up on him but will do our utmost to bring him where he can use his talent to help the club. “
German publication Suddeutsche Zeitung wrote: “Schalke is going through a financial crisis, a sports crisis, an identity crisis, a leadership crisis and a locker room crisis. All have become corrosive,” while the title kicker on the situation reads: “Laughing stock Schalke: Where’s the popcorn, please?”
Schalke has been in crisis mode since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic with off-screen issues leading to the departure of longtime supervisory board chief Clemens Tonnies this summer, heavy financial losses in recent months, the resignation of the CFO Peter Peters in June and the loss of USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie to Juventus.
Six of those 24 winless Bundesliga games were led by new coach Manuel Baum, who was hired after David Wagner was sacked after just two league games, including an 8-0 loss on Matchday 1 of the season at Bayern Munich.
German club Tasmania Berlin hold the all-time record of 31 games without a win in their only Bundesliga season.
“We don’t want to lose this record,” Tasmanian manager Almir Numic told the German network. “It has been ours for decades now. It is part of the Tasmanian identity.”