The contract of Schalke Board member Christian Heidel runs until 30 June 2020. Now writes "Bild": An extension is almost impossible.
Schalke: Does Sport Board Heidel have to go by 2020 at the latest?
On Sunday begins for the Bundesliga FC Schalke 04 the second half of the season with a home game against VfL Wolfsburg. After a botched first round and a mixed winter preparation many Schalker fear that their team plays against relegation. And now that too: As reported "Bild am Sonntag", sports director Christian Heidel is on the edge.
Successor candidates according to "Bild": Boldt and Heldt
Heidel's four-year contract with the Royal Blues still runs until June 30, 2020. It is not uncommon in the football business to start talks with those in charge a year and a half before the end of the contract - negotiations with Heidel did not appear at Schalke, however. According to "Bild" even "today excluded that his contract would be extended."
Also successor candidate calls "Bild" - first Jonas Boldt, who stops at Bayer Leverkusen, and then even Heidel's predecessor Horst Heldt, currently working at Hannover 96. Heldt has always stressed after his departure that his heart still hangs on Schalke: "The farewell of the Schalke fans was the most emotional moment in my manager career." About Supervisory Board boss Clemens Tönnies says Heldt: "We maintain a great friendship."
Heidel has been with the Royal Blues for two and a half years - and almost nothing reminds of the time under Heldt. Heidel has almost completely replaced the contingent of professionals, thereby reducing personnel costs. The coach is another, and the club grounds at Berger Feld just a big construction site.
The first Schalke year under Heidel's direction was a flop - the team did not qualify for an international competition, the commitment of coach Markus Weinzierl was wrong. Heidel admitted this mistake. After a great year with the runner-up under new coach Domenico Tedesco, Schalke are in the third Heidel year again steeply downhill.
Above all, Heidel's transfer balance is seen critically on Schalke. Under his direction Schalke got too many expensive flops like Sebastian Rudy (Bayern) and Omar Mascarell (Real Madrid). Also Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham) and Yevhen Konoplyanka (Sevilla FC) rarely convinced.
That's why Tönnies and the other members of the Supervisory Board came up with the idea of providing Heidel with an expert when planning their squad. That refuses Heidel. He even reacted angrily when he heard about these games of thought via the newspaper. He asserted, "that we will definitely have to discuss this internally and have to. I also formulated it the same way for Clemens Tönnies. "A criticism that did not go down well with Tönnies according to" Bild. "(Aer)