Schalke 04 on Sunday sacked coach Christian Gross as well as several club officials, including sports director Jochen Schneider, in sweeping changes following its 5-1 loss to VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Peter Knaebel will be taking over in an interim role until further notice, the club said.

Gross was its fourth coach this season after David Wagner, Manuel Baum and briefly Huub Stevens. However, the Swiss failed to turn its season around after taking over in December.

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His team lost seven out of 10 league games since then and won just one.

Player director Sascha Riether and the club performance director were also sacked.

Schalke is in last place in the league standings on nine points, nine behind 16th spot that leads to a relegation playoff place.

“The decisions taken are unavoidable after our disappointing…

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