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Schalke appoints Frank Kramer as coach for Bundesliga return

2022-06-09 06:31上一篇 |下一篇

Schalke appoints Frank Kramer as coach for Bundesliga return

FILE --Frank Kramer, at this time head coach of Arminia Bielefeld gestures as he watches his team during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and Arminia Bielefeld, in Munich, Nov. 27, 2021. Frank Kramer is announced as head coach for German Bundesliga soccer club Schalke 04. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner,file)

FILE --Frank Kramer, at this time head coach of Arminia Bielefeld gestures as he watches his team during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and Arminia Bielefeld, in Munich, Nov. 27, 2021. Frank Kramer is announced as head coach for German Bundesliga soccer club Schalke 04. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner,file)

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) Schalke appointed Frank Kramer as coach on Tuesday to help ensure the teams survival in the Bundesliga after one season in the second division.

The Gelsenkirchen-based club said Kramer has signed for two seasons and will replace Michael Bskens, who led the team topromotionas interim coach. Bskens, already a Schalke club great from his playing days, is returning to his position as assistant coach.

We asked ourselves what profile a new coach should have in order to play soccer successfully with Schalke. And success in our current situation means staying up in 2022-23 thats what its all about, Schalke board member Peter Knäbel said in a statement.

The 50-year-old Kramer was previously coach of Arminia Bielefeld buthe was fired in Aprilin the clubs ultimately unsuccessful bid to avoid relegation. His record was record was 10 wins, 16 draws and 18 losses after taking over in March 2021.

Kramer previously coached Greuther Frth and Fortuna Dsseldorf, while he also worked with youth teams at the German soccer federation.

He knows Schalke sporting director Rouven Schröder from their time together at Frth between 2013-14.

Frank is an absolute team player, Schröder said. Someone who can lead people and likes taking advice from experts to find the best possible solution for the team. And at the same time he is always ready to go ahead and take on responsibility a combination that we believe leads to success.

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Kramer will be assisted by Bskens, Matthias Kreutzer, goalkeeping coach Simon Henzler and general player manager Gerald Asamoah.

I can hardly wait to get to work with the team and staff, Kramer said. Schalke, with around 160,000 members and many millions of fans, is one of the biggest clubs in Germany.