Sports News Feed: Schalke appoint fifth coach of the season – DW (English)

  • Grammozis becomes Schalke’s fifth coach of the season

  • Bobic claims he will leave Frankfurt at end of season

  • Kramer unveiled as new Arminia Bielefeld coach

March 2

Grammozis replaces Christian Gross at Schalke

Schalke have appointed Dimitrios Grammozis as their new coach, the struggling Bundesliga club confirmed on Tuesday evening. 

Grammozis replaces the fired Christian Gross, becomes Schalke’s fifth coach this season, following David Wagner, Manuel Baum, Huub Stevens and Gross. 

Grammozis, 42, has been given a contract until June 2022 and his first game is a crunch clash with relegation rivals Mainz. 

«I am very eager for this task,» Grammozis said. «I will use the short time to the first league game to try to get as comprehensive a
picture as possible — and of course we want to start with a victory against Mainz.»

Last-placed Schalke are nine points from safety with 11 matches left in the season.

Fredi Bobic to depart Frankfurt at season’s end

Eintracht Frankfurt‘s head of sport, Fredi Bobic, is set to leave the club at the end of the season according to comments he made to German broadcaster ARD on Tuesday.

«I don’t need to fool around. I have already stated the wish to leave the club in summer 2020 a year ago, before the coronavirus,» he said.

Because of the global pandemic Bobic remained in place but Frankfurt did not confirm the former Germany striker would leave his position. Philip Holzer, advisory board chairman, said talks had taken place but were not «not settled and will next resume after the next advisory board meeting in mid-March.»

Bobic’s current contract runs to 2023 but for weeks there has been speculation that Bobic is Hertha Berlin’s preferred candidate to succeed sacked sporting director Michael PreetzShould Bobic leave, Frankfurt would be facing a major shakeup in its management team as it has already been announced that sporting director Bruno Hübner will be leaving the club in the summer. 

Kramer unveiled as new Bielefeld coach

The day after sacking Uwe Neuhaus, the man who got Arminia Bielefeld promoted last season, the club have moved to sign on Frank Kramer as his replacement.

Kramer, 48, has recently coached a number of Germany’s youth teams and had short stints as head coach of Fortuna Düsseldorf (2015) and Greuther Fürth (2013-15). 

«Frank is a multi-faceted coach with a wealth of experience in the professional and youth sectors. We are convinced that with his professional and analytical qualities, he is the type of coach that fits the Arminia path and that we need for the next development steps,» said sporting director Samir Arabi.

Bielefeld currently sit in 16th, the relegation playoff spot, and host Union Berlin on Sunday.

March 1

Arminia Bielefeld sack coach Uwe Neuhaus 

Bundesliga club Arminia Bielefeld have sacked head coach Uwe Neuhaus. Media reports said the decision had been taken at a joint meeting of the club’s management and supervisory board on Monday. 

The move comes two days after the newly promoted club’s 3-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund, the latest setback in a run of five games in which Bielefeld had secured but a single point.  

Neuhaus led the club to promotion last season but Bielefeld’s sporting director Samir Arabi said the decision was made to boost their survival chances.

«We feel the team has the quality to achieve our goal but given the current situation we decided we had to act now,» Arabi said.

On Tuesday the club named 48-year-old Frank Kramer as Neuhaus’ successor.

Formula 1 rejects Bahrain vaccine proposal

An offer from Bahrain to vaccinate all Formula 1 personnel in preseason has been turned down by the organization.

The Gulf State made the offer as part of its vaccination rollout but, with the majority of F1 teams based in the UK, the sport said it would prefer to wait for vaccinations from that country.

Stefano Domenicali, F1 president, said this earlier month: «The priority is the most vulnerable. We don’t want to jump the line of vaccination.»

Preseason testing starts in Bahrain later this month ahead of the opening race weekend on March 28.

Golfers offer support for Woods after crash

Tiger Woods received support from his fellow professsionals after his serious car crash last week.

Players wore red shirts and black pants in the final round of the World Golf Championships, and other events, over the weekend, the outfit Woods always wore during his final rounds.

«It is hard to explain how touching today was when I turned on the tv and saw all the red shirts,» Woods tweeted on Sunday. «To every golfer and every fan, you are truly helping me get through this tough time.»

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