FC Schalke 04: unexpected separation! S04 makes a bang
Gelsenkirchen. Fist big surprise at FC Schalke 04. The association has now announced that Thomas Spiegel (53) will end his job as press officer in Gelsenkirchen – with immediate effect.
The FC Schalke 04 announced on his website that the 53-year-old would not continue his work as Director Media, Communication and PR at Royal Blue. Very few would have expected such a personnel decision in the middle of the current season.
FC Schalke 04 separates from press officer – and opens a door
Thomas Spiegel should remain the Schalke core according to club information. The outgoing press spokesman will resume his work at FC Schalke 04 in a different function at a later date, it says on the Schalke homepage.
The association did not provide any further information on the reasons for the temporary separation.
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Jobst: “100% professionalism, loyalty and heart”
Alexander Jobst, however, found words of praise for the long-time employee of the royal blue: “In his long-term work, Thomas Spiegel has shown 100 percent professionalism, loyalty and heart at all times and has strongly influenced our association with his attitude and openness. Many thanks to him for this, ”said the Marketing and Communications Director.
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The association is pleased “that he will continue to contribute his expertise in another area of responsibility in the future,” said Jobst.
That is Thomas Spiegel
Spiegel has been with FC Schalke 04 for more than two decades. He is a familiar face to many because he leads the press conferences before and after the games in Gelsenkirchen.
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Before that, Spiegel was employed by the Funke media group and reported on the Schalke for “Reviersport”.
Who will be the new press officer?
The association also leaves open who takes on Spiegel’s position as media director. Schalke did not mention whether a new press spokesman has already been appointed and whether he is from his own ranks.
Numerous changes are also looming for the transfer summer in the FC Schalke 04 squad. Due to the financial difficulties associated with the corona crisis, the S04 cannot avoid saving – and this will also affect the team.
Meanwhile, Schalke coach David Wagner has decided who will be in goal for the rest of the season. >>> Here you can find out who Wagner prefers. Alexander Nübel or Markus Schubert?
Season continues on May 16
It is now clear that no matter which of the two goalkeepers Wagner chooses, he will be used from May 16. The DFL decided on Wednesday evening that the Bundesliga would continue on this date.
The prerequisite for this is the implementation of the strict guidelines from politics. As part of a government PK, Merkel, Söder and Co. set clear rules on Wednesday that the DFL and clubs must implement in order to be able to continue playing. Here all information >>
But have the DFB and DFL forgotten something essential? The referees were apparently neglected in the restart planning. This could cause problems (learn more here >>).
Matchday 26 scheduled
Now the date for the first game day is officially set. The Bundesliga starts on May 16. At the start, FC Schalke 04 must start in the district derby against Borussia Dortmund. There will be no Friday game. Werder Bremen is only allowed to run on Monday. You can read everything about the DFL-PK here!
First home ghost game against Augsburg
A week later, the Royal Blues will play a ghost game for the first time in their own stadium. Opponents on matchday 27 is table 14. FC Augsburg. At FC Schalke 04 there will be no cardboard figures or other attempts to hide the lack of fans.
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