Christian Gross responded to his resignation from Schalke 04, and the 66-year-old Swiss would bring other players to the club in the winter break, he honestly admits.
Gross was fired by Schalke because a large part of the selection no longer wanted him. The fact that the performance did not improve was the reason for Schalke to break up with him after two months. That‘s what Gross heard on Sunday morning. “I’m very disappointed,” he says to Blick. “I felt that the team was developing and we were on the right track. I am still convinced that Schalke can avoid degradation.”
On Saturday it was leaked that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Skhodran Mustafi and Sead Kolasinac had asked the Schalke board for the resignation of Gross. He himself was not aware of that. “Of course, that message has caused a lot of unrest. I spoke to Jochen Schneider (technical director, now also fired, red.) on Saturday and he told me that no players had come to him. And I also told the players to come to me if they were in trouble. Or someone has come? No. No one.”
“I‘ve learned to be open and honest with people. That you talk to them when there’s a problem. It‘s a pity this didn’t happen to Schalke. What else would I do? I wouldn‘t get the same players in the winter. I would try to get a happier hand at the transfers.”
“I would have liked to play with Huntelaar in the rush hour”, Gross responds to the question whether he refers to Huntelaar, Mustafi and Kolasinac. The trio was played by Schalke this winter. “But he’s still injured and he didn‘t train. These are experienced players, that’s right, but things ended up different.”