After Schalke lost 5-1 to Hoffenheim and stopped in the second round of the German Cup, 50-year-old Frank Kramer was finally removed from the coaching post.
“We thank Frank Kramer for his professionalism and commitment and wish him well in his personal and professional life,” Schalke 04 said in a statement.
Der #S04 stellt Chef-Trainer Frank Kramer mit sofortiger Wirkung frei.
Wir bedanken uns bei ihm für seine professionelle und engagierte Arbeit. Für seine private wie auch berufliche Zukunft wünschen wir ihm alles Gute.
Zur Pressemitteilung ⬇️
— FC Schalke 04 (@s04) October 19, 2022
Frank Kramer took over as Schalke 04 coach this summer and has coached 13 games in all competitions in three months. Under his helm, Schalke’s results are terrible: in the league, the “Miners” currently have a record of 1 win, 3 draws, 6 losses, and 6 points, only 2 points away from Bochum, which is at the bottom of the list. In the cup competition, they were eliminated by Hoffenheim with five goals in a row and stopped in the second round of the German Cup.
The defeat against Hoffenheim was the final straw for Kramer’s dismissal. Schalke director Peter Knabel said their recent performance did not deserve to be called Schalke 04, stressing that the team’s current situation is “not just a matter of the coach himself”. “We need to make significant progress in all areas to achieve our common goal this season – to stay in the Bundesliga,” he concluded.
Schalke 04 sporting director Rouven Schroder admitted that Kramer’s resignation was the first step for the team to avoid relegation this season. “Our goal for the new season is to stay in the Bundesliga after being promoted last season. Until recently, we believed that we could turn things around with the current coaching configuration. But from our point of view, we have now reached the point where we have to make changes. time.”
He hopes Schalke can redeem themselves in the remaining five league games before the World Cup. “We have to score points,” Schroder demanded, “to prepare us for the second half of the season at the club.”
Kramer’s successor has not yet been decided. It is reported that Schalke will be temporarily led by assistant coach Matthias Kreutzer and the meritorious coach Mike Buskens who led the team to upgrade, but the club has no intention of appointing Buskens as a coach.