Schalke parts ways with coach Huub Stevens

Schalke parted ways with coach Huub Stevens on Sunday after a
run of six Bundesliga games without a win.

Stevens agreed to leave ”by mutual consent” following talks
with management in the morning, the Gelsenkirchen-based club said
on its website.

Stevens’ job was on the line following Saturday’s 3-1 league
loss at home to Freiburg, extending an alarming run that saw the
side slip from second to seventh within a month.

”It’s not a good situation. Our expectations are coming up
short,” Schalke general manager Horst Heldt said after the
game.

Assistant coach Markus Gisdol was also released with immediate
effect.

Schalke’s under-17 team coach Jens Keller took charge of
Sunday’s training session and will lead the side against Mainz in
Tuesday’s German Cup game on Tuesday.

Schalke said the decision to release the 59-year-old Stevens,
who was in his second stint at the club, was ”anything but
easy.”

In the Dutchman’s first stint, from 1996 to 2002, Schalke won
the 1997 UEFA Cup, the German Cup in 2001 and 2002, and just missed
out on the Bundesliga title in 2001.

Stevens took over again on Sept. 27, 2011, following Ralf
Rangnick’s resignation due to burnout, and led the side to third in
the Bundesliga to secure qualification to the Champions League.

This season, however, Schalke’s domestic form dropped following
a bright start, arguably because of the strain of the Champions
League, where it finished group winner ahead of Premier League side
Arsenal.

Schalke claimed 20 points from its opening nine Bundesliga
games, but only five points in the following eight matches before
the winter break.