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Schalke sack Frank Kramer

Struggling Bundesliga side Schalke 04 have fired coach Frank Kramer after their 5-1 defeat by Hoffenheim in the German Cup, the club announced on Wednesday.


Soccer Football - DFB Cup - Second Round - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim v Schalke 04 - PreZero Arena, Sinsheim, Germany - October 18, 2022 Schalke 04 coach Frank Kramer reacts REUTERS/Heiko Becker

Schalke is currently in 17th place with six points from 10 games. This is a disappointing result considering the club was promoted back to the Bundesliga under coach Mike Büskens last season.


"After achieving promotion last season, our goal for this campaign was to remain in the Bundesliga." Sporting Director Rouven Schroeder said in a statement.


"Until recently we were convinced that we could turn things around with the current coaching setup, but from our point of view, we've now reached a point in time that we have to make a change. In the remaining five league games ahead of the longer-than-usual World Cup break, we need to pick up points to put us in the best possible position for what is a hugely important second half of the season for the club."


Soccer Football - DFB Cup - Second Round - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim v Schalke 04 - PreZero Arena, Sinsheim, Germany - October 18, 2022 Schalke 04 coach Frank Kramer reacts REUTERS/Heiko Becker

Schalke's only league win this season came against bottom club Vfl Bochum in September, before a 1-0 loss to local rivals Borussia Dortmund.


They next face Hertha Berlin on Sunday and it is expected if a replacement is not found soon that Matthias Kreutzer will sit on the bench for the Royal Blues. Last season Kreutzer and Büskens led the team in their promotion push.



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