The fighter Schalke introduced veteran Swiss coach Christian Gross as his new coach on Sunday, as the last Bundesliga team tries to end a miserable streak of league matches without a victory.
“I am very happy to be able to welcome Christian Gross as our new head coach,” wrote sports director Jochen Schneider on the club’s Twitter account. “We are in a difficult situation. Our goal is to survive. I’m sure Christian Gross is the right man to help us succeed in that goal. “
Gross, 66, becomes the fourth manager since late September at a club whose streak of winless Bundesliga matches has extended to 29.
David Wagner was fired after the club opened the season with an 8-0 loss to Bayern Munich and a home loss to Werder Bremen. Manuel Baum was in turn fired on December 18 after drawing four and losing six in the Bundesliga. Huub Stevens took over as caretaker and oversaw another Bundesliga defeat and a cup win at Ulm, level four.
Gross spent nine months at Tottenham Hotspur in 1997-98, taking over with the club in the bottom three and taking them to 14th place. He enjoyed his greatest success in a 10-year period in Basel, where he won four Swiss league titles. . He also won trophies with Grasshoppers in Switzerland, Al-Ahli in Saudi Arabia, and Zamalek in Egypt.
In a previous 10-month stint in Germany, he led Stuttgart to sixth place and qualification for the Europa League.
This is his first date at a European club since 2012.