Former U.S. international David Wagner fired as Schalke 04 coach after second bad defeat



German-American David Wagner was fired as Schalke 04 coach less than 24 hours after a 3-1 loss at home to Werder Bremen.

The loss followed an 8-0 defeat to defending champion Bayern Munich in the 2020-21 Bundesliga opener.

Schalke has gone a club-record 18 Bundesliga games without a win -- 12 losses and six ties -- dating back to the first game back in January when it beat Borussia Moenchengladbach.

The poor form in the second half of the season dropped Schalke 04 to 11th in the final standings for 2019-20. It finished second as recently as in 2018. Financial problems were made worse by the coronavirus pandemic, leaving it with debts of around 200 million euros ($225 million) and forcing it to cut spending.

One of Schalke's key players was American Weston McKennie, who was loaned to Juventus this summer.

Wagner was in the second season of a three-year deal at Schalke 04, where he played two seasons.  In January 2019, he stepped down after more than three years as manager at Huddersfield Town, which he led to promotion to the Premier League.

The son of an American father and German mother, Wagner grew up near Frankfurt, where he debuted for Eintracht Frankfurt in 1991. Wagner, a reserve when Schalke 04 won the 1997 UEFA Cup, played eight games for the USA in 1996-98 after German-American Thomas Dooley recommended another German-American, Michael Mason, and him to national team coach Steve Sampson.

Wagner spent four years as a coach at Borussia Dortmund, working under Juergen Klopp with whom he played at Mainz. He coached Borussia Dortmund II, working with Christian Pulisic in his first full season in Germany before taking the Huddersfield Town job. He also coached Americans Terrence Boyd, Joseph Gyau and Junior Flores at Dortmund II.
2 comments about "Former U.S. international David Wagner fired as Schalke 04 coach after second bad defeat".
  1. R2 Dad, September 27, 2020 at 11:52 a.m.

    Nothing to be done here--Schalke expecting miracles from Wagner from with this threadbare squad. Maybe a new manager turns this around but on the face of it I'm picking Schalke to go down this season. They've recently lost McKennie, Goretzka, Nubel, Naldo, Embolo, Rahman, and Kehrer and have nothing to show for it.

  2. Peter Bechtold replied, September 27, 2020 at 12:41 p.m.

    You can add Manuel Neuer and Leroy Sane to that list.

    "Selling" clubs eventually have that business model catch up with them. Too bad for Schalke, one of Germany's top three clubs in membership and national appeal.

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