Schalke 04 announced on Sunday they have sacked head coach David Wagner after going 18 league games without a win , which includes the worst to a start to a season in Bundesliga history .
After 15 months in charge , time finally ran out for the 48 -year – old former Huddersfield manager following Saturday ’ s 3 -1 defeat at home to Werder Bremen which left Schalke without a league victory since January.
Having kicked off 2020 / 21 with a humiliating 8 -0 loss at Bayern Munich last weekend , Schalke ’s record of 11 goals conceded with one scored in two defeats is the worst start to a season in the league’s history .
“ We hoped that we could turn things around . Unfortunately , the first two matches did not produce the necessary performances and results,” said Schalke’ s sports director Jochen Schneider .
“ We have therefore decided to take the path of a new start in terms of personnel , ” he added.
“ Despite the disappointing results, this decision was anything but easy for us.”
Wagner seemed resigned to his fate after Saturday ’s defeat, saying : “ I am the main person responsible , as a coach you need results and we aren ’ t getting them .”
His successor is expected to be announced soon , with former RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick — who has already coached Schalke in two stints — among the best -known candidates linked to the vacant job.
Having won promotion to the Premier League in 2017 / 18 with Huddersfield , Wagner returned to Germany with an enhanced reputation when he was unveiled as head coach of Gelsenkirchen- based Schalke in May 2019 .
Schalke lay third last December in Germany ’s top- flight , but crashed dramatically in 2020 conceding 48 goals and earning just six points in a disastrous end to last season.
The cash – strapped Royal Blues have deep financial problems off the pitch and the coronavirus pandemic, with a loss of matchday revenue due to games played behind closed doors , has added to their debts.
Ozil In Final Stages Of Move To Fenerbahce
Mesut Ozil is expected to sign a three-and-a-half year deal with Fenerbahce that will see the Arsenal’s out-of-favour German midfielder switch England for Turkey.
The reports came after the 32-year-old, a World Cup winner with Germany in 2014, fanned speculation by tweeting a photograph of himself in Istanbul with the words: “This city … #throwback #Istanbul.”
Sports daily Fanatik reported that Fenerbahce chairman Ali Koc and team director Emre Belozoglu flew to London to persuade the player, who is of Turkish origin, to make the move.
A Fenerbahce spokesman did not immediately respond to AFP’s query.
Other reports on Tuesday said Ozil was in talks with MLS side DC United.
The player’s agent said his future should become clearer within the next 10 days but his priority was to stay at Arsenal.
“Mesut’s priority is to stay, but you never know in football, things can change very fast,” Erkut Sogut told ESPN.
“For the moment, we are just checking all the options for January and the summer.”
“In the next seven to 10 days, it will be a little clearer as now the transfer window is open, things can move faster,” he added.
Ozil moved to Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013 and is the highest paid player in the Premier League club’s history, on a reported £350,000 ($480,000) a week, but he has not played all season and does not appear to be in coach Mikel Arteta’s plans.
He has expressed frustration over his treatment at Arsenal, who are looking to trim numbers.
Ozil stirred controversy in 2019 when he criticised China’s treatment of the Uighur Muslim population in Xinjiang in a social media post, with Arsenal distancing themselves from his comments.
But he will apparently be earning far less at Fenerbahce as DHA and Fanatik said the proposed deal was worth five million euros ($6 million) a year.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was Ozil’s best man at his 2019 wedding in Turkey.
Fenerbahce, one of Istanbul’s three big clubs, are currently fifth in the Super Lig.
West Brom Boss, Allardyce Labels Arsenal ‘Genuine Relegation Contenders’
Former England coach and West Bromwich Albion manager Sam Allardyce has cautioned Arsenal that their status as a Premier League club is at stake if the Gunners do not turnaround their miserable PL campaign.
Arsenal shockingly find themselves in 15th place on the premier league log, securing 14 points from 14 games played. With their last win in the league being a 1-0 win over Manchester United on November 1
Following a 4-1 Carabao Cup semi-final loss to Manchester City on Tuesday, falling to eight defeats 14 league games, Allardyce has admitted that Arsenal have to be considered as genuine relegation rivals, alongside West Brom due to their string of poor results.
Allardyce said: “If they are in the bottom eight at the moment, yes. Absolutely,” Allardyce said when asked whether he believed Arsenal should be seen as potential relegation candidates.
“Getting beaten again [Tuesday] night – even though it is not in the league – as it does with our players, drains the confidence of Arsenal’s players. Of course, it will.
“They will be wondering what’s hit them, they will be wondering why they are down there. They will be wondering what it’s going to take to get out of that position. I know what it takes, I hope I can convince the players to respond to what I say on what it takes to get out of it.
“I hope that we can push at Arsenal when they play us because they have a lack of confidence, and try and beat them or anybody in the bottom eight.”
Arsenal will square off against West Brom on January 2, 2021, a fixture the baggies boss has labelled a relegation six-pointer.
But before then, Arsenal welcome Chelsea to the Emirates for the boxing day clash, while West Brom faces a daunting trip to face league champions, Liverpool at Anfield, who are on a sixty-six game unbeaten streak at Anfield.