FC Schalke 04 has signed David Wagner as head coach for the new season. The 47-year-old is to lead the troubled football Bundesliga club from the Ruhr area back to old strength.
"We are delighted to have won a trainer for us with David Wagner, who fits perfectly into our requirements profile," said sports director Jochen Schneider. Wagner receives a three-year contract until June 30, 2022.
Wagner designed football in such a way that "the team takes the hilt of action into their own hands, running intensive, with as much speed as possible," praised Schneider. The former Bundesliga player is "but also one who can form a team with his personality and improve players individually." The coaching team for his return to the Bundesliga to set Wagner in the coming weeks.
Wagner succeeds interim coach Huub Stevens, who has been coaching the team since co-coach Mike Büskens in mid-March since the departure of former head coach Domenico Tedesco and stabilizing them in the fight against relegation. Last Sunday Schalke had made the league perfect with the 0: 0 against FC Augsburg, previously celebrated the team a surprising 4-2 victory in the Revierderby at Borussia Dortmund. Schalke's "century trainer" Stevens returns to his post in the summer as agreed on as the board of the club, which he had let rest.
Football instructor Wagner, who had coached the English Premier League club Huddersfield Town from 2015 to mid-January 2019, has a Schalke background. As a professional, he was part of the Eurofighter team that won the 1997 UEFA Cup. He wore the royal blue jersey 36 times between 1995 and 1997. "To dive into this world again and to help change the current situation for the better: That's the biggest motivation for me to return to the Bundesliga," said Wagner.
After the end of his active career in 2005 Wagner initially worked as a youth coach at 1899 Hoffenheim, before he successfully coached from 2011 to 2015, the second team of Borussia Dortmund. Now the native of Frankfurt returns as a hope for the coaching bank to Gelsenkirchen back.