Gelsenkirchen (dpa) – David Wagner had to complete the hardest gear of a coach.
While those in charge did not comment publicly and were almost certain to be discussing his future somewhere in the catacombs, the coach of FC Schalke 04 had to complete an interview marathon after the again sobering 1: 3 (0: 2) against Werder Bremen. In which he had to explain what cannot be explained. And arguments were asked for his continued employment, for hopes and fears, although everyone knew what would happen. It seems difficult to imagine that Wagner will remain coach even after the 18th Schalke game in a row without a win.
And so, in a situation in which he could not gain anything left alone, Wagner earned respect for his surrender. But also shaking his head a few times. Because he wanted to see “a step forward” in the not-so-bad second half. Because in the end he only had to offer perseverance slogans (“We mustn’t stick our heads in the sand”). And because he defended his player Ozan Kabak excessively after his spat in the direction of Ludwig Augustinsson from Bremen (“I am firmly convinced that it was not on purpose. Even if the pictures do not reveal it.”)
In the end, Wagner also let it be known that he no longer seriously believes in remaining in office. “I believe I can be part of the solution. But we do not provide arguments in the form of results,” he said. “I am primarily responsible for that. And I know the mechanics of the business.”
At most, the question is whether the Schalke team want to start the new coach with the difficult away game in Leipzig or not rather let them join in the international break. But in this case, the use of an interim trainer like Mike Büskens is traded. When asked about the permanent successor, the former Mainzer Sandro Schwarz, the former Augsburg man Manuel Baum, the ex-Stuttgart Alexander Zorniger and the Schalke player icon Marc Wilmots are traded on the rumor exchange.
In fact, everything speaks against David Wagner. The 18 games without a win represent by far the longest negative series in the club’s history. The 8-0 defeat in Munich the previous week was the second highest defeat in the club’s history. And never in the history of the Bundesliga has a team started worse than Schalke with zero points and 1:11 goals from two games.
Record national player Lothar Matthäus expressed as a Sky expert “the feeling that the chemistry between coach and team is not right”. Looking at goal scorer Mark Uth (90 + 2), national player Sebastian Rudy, goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann and Nabil Bentaleb, Matthäus added: “I don’t see a clear hierarchy because many players were defeated by loaning them out last year.”
His Bremen Florian Kohfeldt was still a long way from saying goodbye, but the relief was palpable after the false start at 1: 4 against Hertha BSC. “It wasn’t a piece of cake for us,” said the 37-year-old: “But we saw how we wanted to play at every point in time.” The fact that he decided on match winner Niclas Füllkrug, who scored all three goals (22nd / 37th / 59th, penalty kick), and against Davie Selke, who was successful in the previous week, commented Kohfeldt with the winner’s smile: “That was a gut -Decision I was lucky with for once. “