Schalke 04 are onto their fourth manager of the season after each of David Wagner, Manual Baum and Huub Stevens failed to get a solitary win out of a team and club who regularly challenge the European places in the Bundesliga.
Schalke have fallen victim to embarrassing results this season, an 8-0 thrashing at the hands of the champions of Europe Bayern Munich forced the end for former Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner. Add this to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund in the Revierderby further optimises the Royal Blues turgid first half of the season.
The newly-appointed boss, Christian Gross has not managed in a major European league since being sacked by Stuttgart a decade ago, spending most of the past 10 years in Saudi Arabia. The Swiss 66-year-old also had a short and forgettable 10 months at Tottenham back in 1997 but will be looking to mastermind an ambitious escape for a club that have not been relegated since 1991.
Regardless of Gross’s track record, an impressive 4-0 win in his second game inspired by 19-year-old American Mathew Hoppe might just install the belief that could spell the start of a revitalised Schalke in the coming weeks. Here are four reasons for a potential great escape this season.