The name has been circulating in various media since the morning, and FC Schalke 04 officially confirmed it a few minutes ago: Manuel Baum will be the new head coach of the Royal Blues. The 41-year-old comes from the DFB, where he last trained the U18 national team. Baum receives a contract with Schalke 04 until summer 2022.
Sports director Jochen Schneider praises the new man on the sidelines: “With Manuel Baum we have been able to win an absolute expert for Schalke 04. If you look at his stations, you will find that his teams always had clear structures and processes on the field. This is a very important factor in our current situation. ”
Baum sees sporting potential in his new club. He adds: “Our most urgent task is to give the team a sense of achievement again as soon as possible, in training as in the game. I am convinced of the quality of our squad. “
Former Schalke central defender Naldo will be part of Baum’s coaching staff. His contract also runs until the summer of 2022. Naldo played for the Bundesliga club from 2016 to the beginning of 2019. Overall, Naldo has more than 500 competitive games. The Brazilian is looking forward to his new role: “It feels good to be back at Schalke. Everyone knows that I have taken the club into my heart. I would like to use everything I have learned in my almost 19 years as a professional as a member of the coaching staff and support Manuel Baum as best I can. “