Schalke Sacks Domenico Tedesco After Champions League Embarrassment

Schalke has struggled this season. After selling important players, the Gelsenkirchen outfit sits just above the relegation zone.

Schalke finally let go of Domenico Tedesco today. The young German manager had a fantastic first season with the Gelsenkirchen side after moving from Ezgebirge Aue in the 2. Bundesliga. Tedesco guided Die Königsblauen to a second place finish in the Bundesliga last season and a Champions League berth.

This season, however, has been completely different. Schalke sits 14th in the Bundesliga, just four points above a spot in the relegation playoff. Despite having a decent run in the Champions League, Schalke was embarrassed by Manchester City, giving up seven goals in the Round of 16 second leg en route to a 10-2 aggregate hammering.

It’s the right move for the club. Schalke established itself as a German powerhouse in recent years, but the club has a habit of selling talented players, most recently losing Leon Goretzka to Bayern Munich and Thilo Kehrer to PSG. The new arrivals this season, like Mark Uth and Sebastian Rudy, haven’t performed to the level that the Schalke faithful would expect.

The loss of Goretzka, Max Meyer, Naldo, Benedikt Howedes and Keher put a lot more pressure on Tedesco to succeed. Christian Heidel, responsible for most of these transfer dealings, resigned in February. Meyer even took to Instagram after Schalke’s loss to Manchester City criticising Heidel. The post has since been deleted.

Tedesco looked doomed from the start.

One of the few things that Tedesco did well this campaign was utilizing Weston Mckennie as much as he could. Other than that, the German-Italian’s season has been dismal. Perhaps with a new sporting director and manager, Schalke won’t be the garbage fire that it is this season. The togetherness of the team isn't there, and Schalke needs a good manager and a squad rebuild to get back to the heights it used to reach. 

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