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A relegation battle instead of retirement

three years Ago, Huub Stevens had finished his coaching career actually. Rationale: Cardiac Arrhythmias. In February 2016, he stepped back with TSG Hoffenheim and said: "to supervise a team in a relegation battle, you need to be 120 per cent fit – the risk is too great."

the 65-year-old Dutchman is now for a maximum of two months ausgerechnetim fight against relegation back to the Bank, is due to the fact that he self-reportedly very good, the FC is Schalke 04 but.... To say his Comeback at the Gelsenkirchen Club Stevens: "I am a Blue-and-White, and if the Association has such problems and ask me for help, then it is very hard to say no."

On Thursday night, Schalke's new sporting Director Jochen Schneider coach Domenico Tedesco (33) had to play after seven winless duty 5:24 gates on leave of absence – some would say redeemed. He fell hard, as Schneider emphasizes, again and again, what is a "good guy" Tedesco, "and what he has for the club". Schneider says, but also: "We could not continue like this." And so it has reactivated on Thursday, some Former for Royal blue: in addition to Stevens, the former Schalke professional Mike Büskens (50) as his assistant, and the former crowd favorite Gerald Asamoah (40) as a team Manager.

fresh start in the summer

Stevens, who had converted actually on a stress-free life, does not make the impression that he wanted to prepare for the Schalke with Yoga and breathing exercises on the remaining nine League games. "What we need now," he says, "are Schalke virtues", and he counts, especially the "fight and passion".

Until the end of the season to take care of Stevens, Büskens and Asamoah, the Team, until then, Schneider will have to find a new coach and a new athletic Director, because at Schalke in the summer, everything on the beginning. The emergency rescue trio must now ensure that this new beginning can be made in the Bundesliga. "We're in an extremely difficult Situation," says Schneider. "The situation is precarious," says Stevens. "We need a lot of energy," said Büskens. This wants to be a role model of Schalke's three star players, but also the Fans.

Under the "century coach" selected Stevens Schalke's 1997 Uefa Cup winner, 2001 and 2002 DFB-Cup winner and 2001, four minutes long, the German champion. These are the best references to crown the Dutchman for the third Time after 1996 (for six years) and 2011 (for 15 months) to the Schalke coach. Stevens turns back once the clock: "Each player gets a new Chance," he says. Stevens wants to bring Fun back, "because without Fun, you cannot perform" – and had some Fun in the Schalke under-Tedesco last no more.

Tedesco's poor balance sheet

"He has always been exemplary," wrote the Club the coach the vagina nevertheless, to the virtual testimony, but anyone who is familiar with testimony of language, know what is the meaning of such a formulation. Under Tedesco Schalke 2018, the Bundesliga, the Second was lost, but has won only 33 of the 75 duty games, every third. The DFB-challenge Cup remains Schalke's last Chance to play next season again international. But actually, it's about the classes. On the third-to-last round Schalke Augsburg receives, on the last round of Stuttgart. In these duels could decide who needs to be in the Relegation.

Stevens is confident that his upcoming nerve examination overwhelmed. "At the Moment, I'm fine," he says, "and I hope that in two months." (

Created: 16.03.2019, 11:06 PM

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