Bundesliga: Schalke improved and still last - will Reis coach?

Even after slipping to the bottom of the table, the players and interim coaches at Schalke 04 were at least cautiously optimistic that they had taken the first step towards turning the tide before the new head coach arrived.

Bundesliga: Schalke improved and still last - will Reis coach?

Even after slipping to the bottom of the table, the players and interim coaches at Schalke 04 were at least cautiously optimistic that they had taken the first step towards turning the tide before the new head coach arrived.

"Unfortunately we're going back home and have nothing in our hands. But at least it wasn't that far away that we had something in our hands," said coach Matthias Kreutzer after the 2-1 defeat at Hertha BSC. "The performance was as Schalke have to be. We have to build on that to reward ourselves next time."

The Gelsenkirchen team showed passion just a few days after the cup defeat in Hoffenheim and the separation from head coach Frank Kramer and stood up to their opponents. They kept creating good scoring opportunities. "We had enough scoring chances to play 2-2 or 3-2," said Mehmet Aydin. "You also have to see the positive things. We did better than in the last few weeks."

It was extremely bitter for the miners that Florent Mollet's equalizer (85') only lasted three minutes. Because Bochum defeated leaders Union, the Royal Blues are the new bottom of the league. They have lost five Bundesliga games in a row.

Coach search should be completed soon

It was still an achievement that the new head coach can build on. It's still unclear who that will be, but the search shouldn't take much longer. According to sports director Peter Knäbel, the new coach should be set in the new week. "The exam phase is on its last legs, it won't be long now," said the 56-year-old. The club wants to present a solution as soon as possible, said sporting director Rouven Schröder. "Many, many coaches are also interested in Schalke, of course we are also interested in a certain profile, but we also said that we obviously don't run through the world with a profile," said Schröder. "We do something like that internally - absolutely clear."

Thomas Reis is now considered a hot candidate again. According to reports from "Bild" and "Sport1", the final talks with the coach, who was released from VfL Bochum in September, are to be held on Monday. The 49-year-old would also have to come out of his contract with Bochum, which is still valid.

Aydin was combative on Sunday: "We're not afraid. We know what needs to be done. We knew it would be difficult in the Bundesliga."

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