Magath future appears bleak

Schalke manager Felix Magath could be sitting in the Royal Blues dugout for the last time on Saturday, according to reports in Germany.

It seems that not even Wednesday’s progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League and reaching the DFB-Pokal final a week earlier can save Magath from being sacked at the end of the season.

Schalke’s Bundesliga form has left a lot to be desired and created divisions between the manager and the fans.

They must beat Eintracht Frankfurt at home and then Magath will face an even more intimidating date with his club’s president Clemens Tonnies.

"We need to have a talk between men," announced Tonnies on his club’s website today.

A final decision over Magath’s future is due on Monday, however, when a board meeting has been called.

The future of Frankfurt coach Michael Skibbe is looking equally grim.

His side have not scored a single goal in 2011 and, as a result, they have slipped to 12th in the table and a bit too close to the relegation zone for comfort.

"The pressure is high, very high," admitted Skibbe.

"Nevertheless, we all believe that we will turn the corner.

"However, we have got to understand that we are going to be in a relegation battle until the final game of the season, but we are going to accept this battle until the very last minute.

"We head to Schalke as outsiders, but we still go there with our heads held high."

Skibbe will be without the injured Benjamin Kohler while Maik Franz is suspended and the coach says Caio could well come into his starting XI.

Schalke are still without the injured Klaas Jan Huntelaar so Magath could name an unchanged team from the 3-1 victory over Valencia on Wednesday.