Keller could stay at Schalke

Schalke president Clemens Tonnies has suggested Jens Keller

could be appointed head coach on a full-time basis next season if

he is successful in guiding them into the Champions League.

Keller replaced Huub Stevens last December on a contract until

the end of the season and, after some initial difficulties, has

taken them to fourth in the table.

With Armin Veh ruling himself out of the running by signing a

new deal at Eintracht Frankfurt last week, the list of candidates

to be Schalke coach next season is diminishing.

However, Tonnies says Keller’s name is still on that list.

“If we are successful, then this is the most important

indication our coach is doing a good job,” he said.

“Jens Keller has a good chance of remaining coach here beyond

the summer.”

With seven games of the season to go, Schalke are on course for

Champions League qualification and this remains the club’s

objective.

And Tonnies paid tribute to Keller’s work after his side’s 3-0

win over Hoffenheim at the weekend.

“We believe in Jens Keller,” he told Sport Bild magazine. “It’s

a shame he was not given a chance when he took over, but I am sure

he will prove himself to everybody.

“Our aim is the Champions League and we’re all working towards

that.”