Schalke presents new head of sport

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - MARCH 02: Benjamin Stambouli and Salif Sané of Schalke discussduring the Bundesliga match between FC Schalke 04 and Fortuna Duesseldorf at Veltins-Arena on March 02, 2019 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)
GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - MARCH 02: Benjamin Stambouli and Salif Sané of Schalke discussduring the Bundesliga match between FC Schalke 04 and Fortuna Duesseldorf at Veltins-Arena on March 02, 2019 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Jochen Schneider will replace Christian Heidel in a very important moment for the German Bundesliga team as they are rebuilding.

Schalke is trying to rebuild itself in the German Bundesliga and the UEFA Champions League.

The team is 14th in the table but has advanced to the Round of 16 in the European competition.

And they have just appointed a new head of sport, as they replaced Christian Heidel.

“Together, we worked very professionally to conclude the agreements, as no information was leaked to the media, also from my ex-club RB Leipzig,” Jochen Schneider said to the club’s official website after being appointed.

“My job is to collaborate well with a strong team. It’s always been the way I have worked and it will stay that way.”

“First and foremost, an analysis is necessary: What do I find in the sporting department,” he explained.

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“The most important thing, of course, is to cope with the current situation and at the same time see what we can do to improve in the future.”

“If I have learned one thing in the past years, it is to create a structure, to focus on the essentials and try new things. I will tackle the tasks ahead with prudence but at the same time make decisions when necessary,” he continued.

“It is critical. We can’t be in denial about it. It would be nice if we could plan long-term, but that can’t happen yet.”

“We need to focus on making the current situation better and ensure the team gets enough points and to climb up the table,” he concluded.