Struggling Schalke fires coach David Wagner

Schalke was thrashed 8-0 by Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich in its first game last weekend and suffered a 3-1 defeat by Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Schalke head coach David Wagner (File Photo).   -  Getty Images

Schalke has sacked head coach David Wagner following its poor start to the season, the German Bundesliga club said in a statement on Sunday.

Schalke was thrashed 8-0 by champion Bayern Munich in its first game last weekend and suffered a 3-1 defeat by Werder Bremen on Saturday.

“We had all hoped that we could improve on the pitch together with David Wagner,” Schalke sports director Jochen Schneider said.

“Unfortunately, we haven't seen the right performances and results from the first two games... for this to happen.

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“We have therefore decided to make a fresh start. Despite the disappointing results, this wasn't an easy decision for us to make.”

Schalke, which is without a win in its last 18 league games, said Wagner's assistants Christoph Buhler and Frank Frohling were also leaving the club.

The 48-year-old Wagner joined Schalke in 2019 after more than three years in charge of English team Huddersfield Town, and started well as the club moved into Champions League contention with only three defeats in 17 games.

It added only 10 more from its next 17 matches, however, to end up 12th in the standings, eight points above the relegation playoff spot.

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