Raúl González, coach of Real Madrid Castilla is a candidate for the bench of Schalke 04 to replace coach David Wagner, after four consecutive defeats suffered by the Gelsenkirchen team, according to several German media published on Friday.
The former Madrid player Raúl premiered this season on the bench directing the white branch in Second division B in which Castilla, who was seventh when the championship for the coronavirus, has been left out of the promotion playoff. The former international striker's previous experience as a coach dates back to the previous season as manager of Cadet B of Real Madrid.
Despite the limited experience on the bench, "Der Westen", a digital of the Ruhr basin (western Germany) from which Schalke hails, assures that Raúl, who played for Schalke from 2010 to 2012 will be free from the end of June and that He is "the absolute fan favorite" of the German club. In this sense, and referring to the sports newspaper "Sport Bild" the first to give the news, points out that Spanish is "a serious option" for Schalke, although according to his limited experience as a technician, he would need to have a seasoned co-coach by his side.
According to the German newspapers, other names that have sounded for a possible replacement are those of Ralph Hasenhüttl of the Southampton FC, who however recently extended his contract until 2024 and former Leverkusen trainer Roger Schmidt who has signed to start the new season with PSV Eindhoven.
Another potential candidate, Ralf Rangnick who had already trained the Schalke squad from 2004 to 2005 and in 2011, is, it is rumored, in talks with AC Milan, that effectively makes the person from Madrid the most viable option.
"Der Westen" nevertheless underlines that Schalke manager Jochen Schneider has closed ranks around current coach David Wagner, even after the debacle against Werder Bremen of the past Saturday and has ruled out a substitution.
"I am convinced that together with David Wagner we will see the football that has characterized us in the first round," said Schneider, who stated that "the appropriate conclusions" should be drawn, but always in the company of the current technician.