Naglesmann effect? 31-year-old Domenico Tedesco appointed as new Schalke boss

Naglesmann effect? 31-year-old Domenico Tedesco appointed as new Schalke boss

Schalke have appointed 31-year-old Domenico Tedesco as their new manager.

Tedesco managed to save FC Erzgebirge Aue from relegation to the third tier of German football after taking charge for the final eleven games of the campaign.

This appointment comes after another young manager, 29-year-old Julian Nagelsmann, enjoyed a fine season at Hoffenheim, guiding the club to a place in the Champions League play-off round.

Tedesco replaces Markus Weinzierl, 42, in the Schalke top job.

Tedesco (l), with Hoffenheim boss Nagelsmann (c).

“We have assessed the whole season to lay the foundation for a successful season for FC Schalke 04,” said general manager Christian Heidel.

“The result of our deliberations is that we must make changes to drive the development we want. This also includes a new appointment of the head coach.

“This decision was not easy for me. My thanks go to Markus Weinzierl, whom I wish all the best for the future.”

Schalke finished in tenth place in the Bundesliga this season and will hope that the appointment of Tedesco will lead to them faring rather better next campaign.

The club got off to a woeful start this campaign as they lost their first five Bundesliga games in a row and, although matters improved a little thereafter, the season as a whole was still rather frustrating.

Schalke managed to create 331 chances in the Bundesliga but were disappointing defensively and it is clear that there is much work for Tedesco to do in order to improve the club’s fortunes.

Schalke had an average pass accuracy of 79% in the Bundesliga this season.