Saturday, February 27, 2021
The leading player is dissatisfied
Schalke professionals are turning against Gross
Christian Gross took over as coach at Schalke shortly before the turn of the year. But there is already a serious crisis between the football teacher and the team. According to reports, several leading players are calling for the replacement of the Swiss.
FC Schalke 04 does not stop in the battle for the Bundesliga. According to media reports, several leading players at the bottom of the table have called for the replacement of coach Christian Gross this week before today’s game in Stuttgart. This was reported by pay TV Sky, Funke Mediengruppe and Sport1. Schalke’s sports leadership around sports director Jochen Schneider rejected this. There were no comments from the club late Friday night.
Despite a modest return of just nine points in 22 games, Gross continued to hope to stay in the classroom on Friday. “As long as such an opportunity exists, I believe in it – and the team also believes in it. The players know exactly what it is about. They will give everything,” the 66-year-old Swiss promised. Gross took over as Schalke’s fourth coach this season on the eve of the turn of the year. With only five points from nine games, he still has not been able to change the situation.
Before the game against “Stuttgart”, “Schalke” must also solve important personnel problems. Squires should do without eight professionals against Swabians. Apart from the return of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, there are no goalkeepers Ralph Fermann and Frederik Rennov, as well as Mark Ut, Matija Nastasic, Salif Sane, Gonkalo Pasciencia and Steven Skrzybski.
The noticeably large number of muscle injuries in the team did not force Gross to criticize the medical department of the club. “We are all working together to get the players back as soon as possible. It’s a lot of misfortune,” the football teacher said when asked.