"Equate to ascension": Schalke boss gives a clear goal for the season

Schalke’s sports director Rouven Schröder is looking forward to the Bundesliga. Until the start of the season, however, he still has to work diligently on the squad.Image: imago images / imago images

After being relegated from the Bundesliga a year ago, Schalke’s sporting leadership had the tolerable duty of having to completely overhaul the squad in order to adapt it to the new league. After the direct resurgence, sports director Rouven Schröder now has to repeat the same feat. However, since he can now lure people with Oberhaus prestige and Bundesliga millions again, he will probably do it with a smile.

Schalke’s “new number one” gets shirt number “13”

Schalke has already presented eight new players for the coming season. Most recently, the miners announced the signing of 31-year-old Sebastian Polter from VfL Bochum. Also new: Leo Greiml (20, Rapid Wien), Ibrahima Cissé (21, Gent), Tom Krauß (21, Leipzig), Florent Mollet (30, Montpellier) and Tobias Mohr (26, Heidenheim). In addition, competition for goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann was bought in Alexander Schwolow (31, Hertha) and Justin Heekeren (21, Oberhausen).

Hertha's Alexander Schwolow is on loan for Schalke 04 next season.

Hertha’s Alexander Schwolow is on loan for Schalke 04 next season. Image: imago images / Sven Sunday

As the club announced on Wednesday, Schwolow should wear the “13” next season. In an interview with “Sport Bild” on the same day, sports director Schröder openly admitted, “that we signed a new number one with Alexander Schwolow to have.”

Schalke wants to “win every game”, but the goal for the season is still staying up

In the interview, Schröder also commented on Schalke’s ambitions in the Bundesliga: “If we manage to stay up, it would be equivalent to promotion. A year ago this club was still on the ground! In this respect, I would subscribe to this thesis. However, with the clear addition that we are very ambitious and want to win every game.” In the long term, it is about “reestablishing Schalke in the Bundesliga.”

Surprisingly, Schröder did not categorically reject the “Sport Bild” thesis that promotion coach Mike Büskens would continue to call the shots in the dressing room: “Mike will continue to be a very important building block. He is excellent at dealing with young players.”

They won under Mike Büskens "squire" eight out of nine second division games.

Under Mike Büskens, the “Knappen” won eight of nine second division games.Image: dpa / Daniel Karmann

Büskens, who was already a crowd favorite as a player at Schalke, became an assistant coach again at his own request after promotion. Accordingly, Schröder made it clear: “Our head coach is Frank Kramer, that’s clear to everyone involved. In general, we always see Schalke as a team in which the different players complement each other.”

(kpk)

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