Schalke sack Stevens

FC Schalke 04 have dismissed head coach Huub Stevens with immediate effect at the end of the first half of the Bundesliga season.

The Dutchman paid the price for Schalke’s poor start to the season and his reign ends with a poor 3-1 home defeat by SC Freiburg on Saturday.

Schalke 04 have picked up just 2 points from their last six Bundesliga fixtures, dropping to 7th in the table after being 2nd six games ago.

The one positive this season has been qualification from their Champions League group as winners into the round of 16, ahead of English Premier League side Arsenal. A poor run of form in the league has cost Stevens his job.

This was Huub Stevens second stint in charge of the club, having previously guided the club to UEFA Cup success in 1997 and two DFB Cups. The start of his second spell came in September 2011 where he led the Royal Blues to a 3rd place finish.

Former coach of the under-17s, Jens Keller has been handed the reins until the end of the season. His first game in charge will be Tuesday’s DFB Cup tie with Mainz 05 prior to the winter break.