Schalke 04 is going down because of its own ambitions: ‘This process has been going on for fifteen years’

With a defeat against Arminia Bielefeld, Schalke 04 relegates on Tuesday evening for the first time in 33 years from the Bundesliga. Where did it go wrong at one of the biggest clubs in Germany? “You have to give a trainer the time to build.”

“I want to have my share in enforcement with Schalke”, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar said in good spirits when he left Ajax on January 19 for a second period at Schalke. Three months later, the counter for the 37-year-old striker – partly due to injuries – is five games and one goal and his club is still last in the Bundesliga without a chance.

According to Kilian Gaffrey, Schalke watcher at the German newspaper Bild, it was utopian that Huntelaar would turn the situation around in a short space of time. “Schalke is not only playing badly this season. It has been a process of fifteen years. They made the mistake of seeing themselves as a European top club”, he says.

“The club has invested a lot of money in recent years – sometimes in the wrong players – in order to get into the Champions League. Even though that always failed, they kept investing – money that actually wasn’t there. Now they have. a debt of 200 million euros. ”

‘Schalke is a very difficult club’

The growing financial debt clashed with the high expectations that Orlando Engelaar also experienced. The former player of FC Twente and PSV came out for Schalke in the 2008/2009 season and noticed in that short period that it is not easy to wear the shirt of the ambitious club.

“We were able to deal with that reasonably at the time, but it does not improve you. Schalke was also a very difficult club to enter in my time”, said the fourteen-time Orange international. “There is also a lot of pressure from the board. It is not for nothing that the club has been such a trainer’s graveyard in recent years.”

Schalke changed coaches ten times in the past seven years; three times this season. According to Engelaar, this is also where a large part of the problem of the ‘Königsblauen’ lies.

“You also have to give the trainer some time to be able to build,” he says. “That instability, in combination with the high pressure from the board and the supporters who want to see very good results very quickly, has resulted in a certain cocktail of factors.

‘Huntelaar certainly brought back hope’

Back to Huntelaar’s arrival. Has his return brought nothing at all to the club from Gelsenkirchen? “He couldn’t help Schalke enforce it, but a lot of people are happy that he’s here. At least he brought hope back for a few weeks,” said Gaffrey, who thinks Schalke will benefit greatly due to the lack of funding for reinforcements. if the rush hour continues for another year.

“They will soon be forced to sell big names, although it is not easy to sell players in corona time, especially if they have not performed well for eighteen months. It has already been said that Schalke has stopped investing in the construction of the training complex. All unnecessary investments have been discontinued. ”

Although the relegation has been coming for a long time, according to Engelaar, the impact is great at the folk club, which has millions of fans worldwide. “It is comparable to if Feyenoord were to be relegated. It is something that is very difficult to imagine and actually cannot happen.”

The match between Arminia Bielefeld and seven-time national champion Schalke 04 starts on Tuesday at 8.30 p.m. In the event of a defeat, Huntelaar’s club is officially relegated.
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