Somebody May Not Be Telling the Full Truth

Schalke sacked their coach Mirko Slomka on Sunday.

Main reason given by general manager Andreas Müller: They want to finish at least third, getting the chance to compete in the Champions Leage.

Schalke's current position in the Bundesliga: Third.

Coach who led Schalke to second spot last season: Mirko Slomka.

Schalke's performance in this season's Champions League: Reached quarter-finals. Best Schalke performance in the history of the tournament and best performance by any German club this season.

Quality of Schalke's squad relative to Werder's: Inferior.

Quality of Schalke's squad relative to Bayern's: Clearly inferior.

Temporary replacement appointed: Mike Büskens.

Büskens' coaching experience at the top level: Zero.


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