Clemens Tönnies wants to run for FC Schalke 04 again in the new year as chairman of the supervisory board and stick to the sports management with board member Christian Heidel and trainer Domenico Tedesco in the long term.
The entrepreneur explained this before the district derby on Saturday afternoon against the front runner and archrival Borussia Dortmund (from 15.30 in the LIVETICKER) in an interview with the Bild newspaper.
Notwithstanding the continuing problems of the runner-up in the current season, Tönnies explicitly expressed his confidence in the sporting leadership duo. For Tedesco, who has a royal blue treaty until 2022, “there is no doubt that he will lead us out of the valley – to where we belong,” said Tönnies.
Heidel, 62, had already announced that he would be working together beyond the current contract, which runs until 2020: “I have no reason at all to doubt that we will be extending this agreement.
Even after almost 25 years on the supervisory board, Tönnies still does not consider his own mission on Schalke to have been fulfilled. “I’m not wiggling the decision. I would like to run for the Supervisory Board again in 2019. I would like to leave Schalke at the height of the sporting and economic success,” said Schalkes Boss: “A lot has been done, but there is still a lot to be done.
Tönnies doesn’t attribute the squires’ difficulties after second place last season to overestimating their own abilities: “When you become runners-up, there’s every reason to celebrate team and coach. But we haven’t done this for too long.”
Rather, the meat manufacturer questioned the summer transfers despite his oath of allegiance for Heidel: “Of course it is annoying that individual players have not yet ignited or have ignited late.