Ralf Rangnick has resigned as manager of FC Schalke 04 with immediate effect.
The 53-year old who only took over in charge in March this year has cited exhaustion as the reason behind his departure, as quoted from the club’s official website:
“After long and careful consideration I decided that I need to take a break. It was an unbelievably hard conclusion to come to, but right now my energy levels are not high enough to be successful. I’m taking this step for the good of the team and I wish them all the best for the rest of the season.”
Ralf Rangnick took Schalke 04 past Italian Serie A side Internazionale in the quarter final stage of last season’s UEFA Champions League before being eliminated by English Premier League giants Manchester United in the final four. He also turned their league form around; steering the Royal Blues away from relegation and finished the 2010/11 campaign lifting the DFB Cup. To start the 2011/12 season, Rangnick had won 3 and lost 3 of the Bundesliga club’s first six league matches, whilst also qualifying for the group stage of the Europa League and drawing 0-0 in Steaua Bucharest. They remain in the German Cup having destroyed lowly FC Teningen 11-1 in the first round.
Seppo Eichkorn will take over as interim manager ahead of Saturday’s game at home to SC Freiburg.