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Schalke fires coach Gross, club officials as drop nears

Schalke 04 yesterday sacked coach Christian Gross as well as several club officials, including sports director Jochen Schneider, in sweeping changes following its 1-5 loss to VfB Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga on Saturday.

Peter Knaebel will be taking over in an interim role until further notice, the club said. Gross was its fourth coach this season after David Wagner, Manuel Baum and briefly Huub Stevens. However, the Swiss failed to turn its season around after taking over in December. His team lost seven out of 10 league games since then. Player director Sascha Riether and the club performance director were also sacked. Schalke is in last place in the league standings on 9 points, 9 behind 16th spot that leads to a relegation playoff place. “The decisions taken are unavoidable after our disappointing performances against Stuttgart and Borussia Dortmund,” board chairman Jens Buchta said in a statement. It lost 0-4 to Dortmund.


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