Schalke 04 have this morning sacked head coach Frank Kramer following yesterday’s 5-1 hammering at the hands of Hoffenheim.
Kramer was appointed in June to replace Mike Buskens who led the Royal Blues back into the Bundesliga after replacing Dimitrios Grammozis on an interim basis.
The former Arminia Bielefeld boss started the current season in a poor form winning only once in ten games, losing six of those with three draws and leaving the team second from bottom in the Bundesliga.
On sacking Kramer, Schalke sporting director Rouven Schroder read: “After achieving promotion last season, our goal for the new campaign was to remain in the Bundesliga. Until recently we were convinced that we could turn things around with the current coaching setup, but from our point of view, we’ve now reached a point in time that we have to make a change.
“In the remaining five league games ahead of longer than usual World Cup break, we need to pick up points to put us in the best possible position for what is a hugely important second half of the season for the club.”
Schalke board member for sport Peter Knabel added: “The way that we’ve been playing, especially in the away games against Leverkusen and Hoffenheim, is not worthy of FC Schalke 04.
“This analysis stretches beyond just the head coach as an individual. We need to improve significantly in all areas to be able to achieve our common objective for the season – remaining in the Bundesliga.”
With this sacking, Kramer is now the third coach to be sacked this season in the Bundesliga, after Bochum’s Thomas Reis and Stuttgart’s Pellegrino Matarazzo.
Die Knappen next game will be on Sunday with a trip to Hertha Berlin.