Bundesliga

Schalke sack David Wagner after just two games

Schalke 04 are on the hunt for a new coach after just two Bundesliga games having decided to remove David Wagner from his position with immediate effect.

Struggling Schalke sack Wagner

David Wagner has been sacked by Schalke after just two games of the new Bundesliga season, the club confirmed on Sunday. Real Madrid reserve team manager and former Schalke favourite Raúl was being considered towards the end of last season but the club persisted with Wagner, if only for 180 minutes of the new campaign. 

Former Huddersfield Town boss Wagner was appointed ahead of the 2019-20 season and Schalke lost just twice in the first half of that campaign.

But their form plummeted from there, with Schalke ultimately finishing 12th and just seven points above the relegation zone last term.

An 8-0 hammering at champions Bayern Munich in their Bundesliga opener was followed by another poor showing in a 3-1 defeat at home to Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Schalke have failed to win their last 18 Bundesliga matches, which represents a club-record and the third worst streak for a coach in the competition's history.

Schalke opt for "fresh start"

"We had all hoped that we could improve on the pitch together with David Wagner. Unfortunately, we haven't seen the right performances and results from the first two games of the season for this to happen," said Jochen Schneider, Schalke's head of sport.

"We have therefore decided to make a fresh start. Despite the disappointing results, this wasn't an easy decision for us to make. 

"I would like to thank David Wagner, Christoph Buhler and Frank Frohling, who, up until their departure, have done everything they can to get Schalke back on track."

Buhler and Frohling, Wagner's assistants, have been placed on gardening leave, with Schalke saying a successor will be named in the coming days.