FC Schalke 04: Sports director Peter Knäbel separates from the club

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Knäbel leaves Schalke 04

Status: 15.11.2023 | Reading time: 2 minutes

Sports director Knäbel is leaving Schalke at the end of the season

Sports director Peter Knäbel will leave the struggling second division soccer team Schalke 04 at the end of the season. The Bundesliga relegated team announced on that the 57-year-old would not be available for another term after his contract expired.

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Peter Knäbel throws out Schalke 04. The sports director will leave the struggling second division team by summer at the latest. The 57-year-old is now ending the impasse surrounding his contract extension.

FC Schalke 04 and sports director Peter Knäbel are parting ways after the current season. The 57-year-old’s contract, which expires in the summer, will not be extended. Knäbel informed the supervisory board that he would not be available for another term of office, according to a club statement on Wednesday. “The past few months have been a good exchange characterized by mutual respect, which is why Peter’s decision did not surprise us,” Schalke’s supervisory board chairman Axel Hefer is quoted there.

“In his departments, Peter was able to provide important impulses for the further development of the club. We are already seeing their positive results, especially in Knappenschmiede; there is a significantly higher density of top talent,” said Hefer, who thanked Knäbel for the collaboration.

However, there has recently been increasingly clear criticism of the sports director and the squad composition for which he is primarily responsible. The Gelsenkirchen team is currently lagging far behind their own demands in the 2nd league. Instead of playing for direct promotion, the Bundesliga relegated team is in the relegation relegation zone. Coach Thomas Reis has already replaced Schalke with the Belgian Karel Geraerts. Sports director André Hechelmann will now focus even more on transfers in the coming winter change period.

Knäbel initially came to the traditional club from the Ruhr area as technical director in April 2018. He was appointed to the board in March 2021. After his term in office, he wants to return to Switzerland with his family. He already has it there

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