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S04-PK vor Freiburg | Thomas Reis & Peter Knäbel | FC Schalke 04

Oct 29, 2022

S04-PK vor Freiburg | Thomas Reis & Peter Knäbel | FC Schalke 04

Let's go to the end, please, just a moment until everything is ready and then we start good morning and welcome to the press conference on the occasion of the introduction of our new head coach

Thomas

Reis

s, whom I would like to welcome so warmly like

Peter

Knebel, board member and responsible for Sport

Peter

I would also like to give you the floor first of all eventful days can you give an overview of the last days and hours from your point of view and that of the management he really likes luck and welcome the days were eventful the days were important for

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and when Rouven Schröder was introduced 18 months ago I said that today is an important day for

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in the documentary and today are other important days for

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and I would like in my opening statement that today it could be a little longer than normal to go into three important points, the first is to call Schröder to your main office position i just said it i said it was a very very important personal detail and he is missing he too will be lost in our heads for a long time and everyone knows the feeling in his private life of loss pain disappointment fear and the eternal question why?
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I can imagine many, especially our fans, asking this question, why, you have to think about what, because right now, this question why is it about you, is it about the club, or is it about the person who you are determined to leave of your own accord and when it comes to calling Schröder in the middle of this question the first thing to do is to respect the person and their decision, hi Rouven, I'm sure you're watching and watching us everyone on our fingers and on our notepads and on the computers in this session and thank you very much thank you very much and thank you for what you have done for 18 very intense and emotionally charged months with great success that no one can take away from us in this business i learned soccer there are few real friends i said once at age 25 if three people call me on my 50th birthday with whom i used to work play then i would be happy i counted there were three now one was added on October 18th I will call Rouven Schröder every year until the end of my life I have found a friend the second is yesterday yesterday was not a chaotic day at

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my two colleagues on the board of directors Christine, the chairman of the board of directors Bernd Schröder are both here and the money from our committees thank you very much thank you for the fact that we had this day yesterday, which was long, very long, which was very intense, of course, full of emotions and discussions, may this day have left behind and we can work on it so well is a sign that

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is stable, that

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can act and that a Also thanks to the good preparation of Rouven Schröder, among others, we were able to get the employees out of your team right away and we can present today the coach that we both chose together for a long period of time in third place and that's what

Thomas

It's about

Reis

, our new Coach whom I warmly welcome finally and we have finally met this also includes a small holiday episode after the ascent to the Seychelles the door of the hotel opens the roller door we take a taxi me and my family and it comes from the right the Golf Caddy says to my wife, look, there it is

Thomas

Reis

, yes, and then we spent three or four days together in the Seychelles, of course, the other one was left alone because then you also want to relax and rest, but that is an episode that I really did not expect for such a long flight time and that I probably also own a statement finally and finally I believe that almost no other coach has committed as much as

Thomas

Reis

before his employment before his employment before signing mark your contract here I would like to thank you again in this way for your commitment also with regard to the financial participation in Regarding the termination agreement with VfL Bochum, I would also like to thank Buchmann for moving quickly in the negotiations.
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Two are always needed. I would like to give you a warm welcome. say thank you at the end with my opening statement thank you

Peter

Thomas

once again a warm welcome to

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for you too it was an exciting day exciting hours you have to get into your emotional world and give us a preview of Sunday's home game at the end of week in the first place a wonderful good morning to start of course from me too a warm congratulations to yes me Of course I am glad that after some turbulent days it finally worked out for me too after special days to be able to come back to work after my vacation at VfL Bochum.
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It wasn't so easy not being in the training camp anymore and so I'm happy that I can finally go out there again to work with a team and have something special to work with and that's of course a very big goal that we have. in common now and that's a normal drop off and I'm looking forward to and now there's a lot of plenary questions I'm sure one please just briefly to the photographers a little less movement up front here because that always stretches throughout the image. Sky Sport News good morning welcome Mr

Reis

no disrespect but I would like to start by addressing the other issues with Mr Knebel they have it all now. very well paraphrased so that you really got the feeling that everyone really loved each other and it all went very smoothly you can't really share the impression from the outside if this is the maker or I think they got it yesterday in the press release Described as the builder of promotion that is certainly how he can be described, but if he leaves at this point, the club has just reached 18th place, they have not yet presented a coach, they try somehow to create a spirit of optimism and at that moment he leaves The sports director, who was a bit of the face and also the voice of the club because everyone else was very deep, leave the board. or is it not a fundamental problem I believe with people that when you separate you should always have a fight and in that case it was not at all it was a free decision of rouven that developed with him and I think it should be respected, especially in these times and that is why this feeling is as I said and I did not embellish it at all.
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Of course, I saw it as a fear that develops more familiarly, so I also support it to a certain extent myself and, of course, I tried to advise him because if someone decides to leave and repeats, I think you have to be able to drop that twice. He demands well, but he also has a responsibility to the club and so this year we have the peculiarity that there is a very long winter break, so I think he could have made a clean break. I just found out about the United situation. She is also aware of him, so it was impossible to say in front of all of you. s further reduces and nips any possible spirit of optimism in the bud if you can't wait another three weeks then we have eight weeks I think responsibility and a sense of responsibility also include catching the right moment for Rouven it was the right time and that has to be respectful let's still here in the tunnel for starters yes

peter

too first of all a warm welcome

thomas

reis

peter

another quick question for you now also following the big queue for me to say yes it wasn't a chaotic day at

Schalke

.
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Yesterday I or we found out that then I am surprised now by the interpretation that it is not a day of chaos it was white which I think very well that only marginally but also thanks for the anecdote from the Seychelles newspaper So I wonder why that finally mattered

Thomas

Reis

it took a long time and he says it was just a quick negotiation with Bochum which also worked out quite well. The whole search for a coach seemed very bumpy so let us know how it really went, first of all I think right now there is an inside and outside view and it's up to the commenters to convey that to you I can only say how it felt from the inside and inside determines what then what then outside what then is perceived outside in the medium and long term and that is why I say again that it was not a chaotic day.
s04 pk vor freiburg thomas reis peter kn bel fc schalke 04
I vehemently resist this impression because of course we have a problem and I am only saying that when something like this, only when such an employee leaves and especially if a central position like coach has to be filled and you react within a day and fill both, then I would like to know what that has to do with chaos, I can understand that the people interpret the loss and uncertainty because the position was not yet occupied as such, but I can only see it from the inside Giving a message of how we acted and it was not chaotic, it was prepared or and structured and why was it because it took us a long time and we also have the right to do it, other clubs do the same and because we have the time to make a clear decision and then implement this decision, that is why we are sitting together on this group today after everyone thought yesterday that

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is on fire

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is not on fire because

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was prepared because

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took their time and because

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is acting and not reacting we are going to continue once in the part from behind with Philipp Zelda for the Süddeutsche Zeitung so fast that I was not prepared at all.
I have a question for you, so of course I would also like to give you a warm welcome. for you Many people admire your courage that you accept this command It is not easy in the current situation, but of course the M Annschaft is currently a performance in the table, many say that it will be very difficult to stay in the top league, it can return to work and it may be on the sheet of which we know of course it's not an easy situation but I'll describe it as a special situation and I also try to set certain values ​​and courage is just part of that and the courage to take risks somewhere but I think the risk is that you can assess it accordingly well we know it's not like I said it's not an easy situation but it also makes the task interesting you have a great stadium you have a great crowd you have a great club huge club for me I have to say luxury I don't need to move I am very comfortable in the Ruhr area and I think I have shown in the Ruhr area that I fit in there and that is why after my release too was available to the club and also to me and I'm happy to be able to take on this task and I did and just passed in the Ruhr area and hopefully I can start right away with the team and then hopefully ask the next question, hello Mr.

Reis

, so I also warmly welcome you, of course, what was your motivation? for paying money yourself so that you can work that is an unusual process they feared otherwise there would be no such contract or how it was so your thoughts can let us participate at that time I don't want to talk about money I have signed up for the club that I no longer have with

Peter

and also with him Time when I called exchanged what options are there that now I can also become a coach here I tried to support there and in us Somehow I think that will also remain between us and I am happy to be able to work here, to be able to help steer the ship in the right direction, and so we're waiting a lot for me because it's always said you're too greedy I'm just greedy for success I'm greedy for this club after and I want to help get

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04 out from the basement and that is my great motivation

Peter

Wenzel for them Bild-Zeitung asks the following question yes, good morning everyone, good morning Mr.

Reis

, one more question to

Peter

Knebel so call Schröder has locked himself in his manpower as of now

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04 no longer available means the contract is now suspended and then maybe it would run until 2024 if other clubs are interested in generating a fee of transfer, how will that be regulated? l under the labor law must have been regulated by you somehow, but a question for Mr. travels, so it is said that you have a very, very good relationship, call Schröder or is it also a good relationship, now also we played football together and we were informed by him in advance or yesterday's development when it became public surprised you and you are consequently disappointed because normally the coach and the sports director work even more closely than the coach and the sports director that is actually the level that is found every day in the locker room how did you do it?
That divided question? I do the first part, which is also very short. The contract is suspended. Your representation is exactly correct. The contract is in red. The contract is suspended. in the predecessor what lines of thought did Rouven have that he is toying with the idea of ​​finally letting

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04 rest, but that was not a reason to say no, I will not take on this task, therefore I was always in contact with

Peter

and with calls we have them We had conversations and of course I have a great relationship to call because we have known each other for a long time. ben, as you say, we also played together, we always kept in touch, as I do with many in many clubs, because it's normal, because now even whiners have reached a certain age, and yes, maybemany colleagues with whom you played together also the coaching license has made the work in football also work in the first Bundesliga and the contact will definitely remain after that, even if it is definitely not active anymore, they will definitely continue in the order Andreas Ernst for the Funke media group and So Kicker

Peter

, can you say something about the position of sports director?
Most of the Tasks, however, we have been able to build a great team together with call that means the renegrotus and Ere Hechelmann and certainly Gerald Asamoah will also help, as will team manager Mario grillerster, for me too, in the first place Firstly, part of the

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journey continues, we want to promote our own employees and take them further, and on the other hand, of course, we don't want to lose quality and I think that's guaranteed, that was exactly my question, but I'd like to go deeper. because with Gerald Asamoah now you have someone here, head of the licensed gaming department, who I think would like to be trained for a job like this, maybe he can say again what role he can play because now he plays with integration into his team exploration yes I think that's all that's all Team we have to be able to keep processes stable so Gerald now has a job that will fill him ena 100% of course we can all do more for a certain amount of time we'll see it in the three weeks as all the processes to do media work in the team and yes we all have to work a bit more but I think everyone can be asked more in the three weeks and then we'll take a close look at winter break to see what kind of experiences we've made who probably who is comfortable with what task but the important thing now is that we give people some space, that we give them responsibility, that we take them with us and only a team can do that, it's a team of five people and that also shows what kind of has had a great volume of work that continues here at WDR

Thomas

Wecker from WDR hello mr tear you were a few weeks ago you can almost say you can still put your heart and soul into VfL you just get it off your back which means you get it off your back then the camp is no good because you don't you were so successful in the season, unfortunately you started with difficulties, although you could have scored, I experienced them here first hand. that there also what would have been possible and of course VfL Bochum is still something special for me and then life goes on the chapter ended which was also finished by VfL it was not finished by me but by VfL and life goes on and on By Of course, I can understand certain things, that because now you go to a big, big club like

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04 to the neighbors, that maybe not everything is seen so positively by the fans, but things are still happening somewhere and I want, I just want to work, I want to do my job and I have a great opportunity here at the big giant association to help you.
And yes, as I said, Bochum will logically always remain in my heart, but it goes on and now I have a new task that I am absolutely passionate about, the great Schlarmann

Thomas

to prepare me a little earlier for the task, there was also a little contact from there probably not be a cold start for you now but such an insecure team 18th place with all the noises of life what are they like in the first hand movements if you stand on a seat afterwards and the guys take it in the For a side, of course, first.
Speaking about the team, so I haven't seen the team personally beforehand, now individual players, of course it's not an easy situation because of course the players also read that people keep saying you're not suitable for the Bundesliga and there it is, but it's wrong to even prove that yes at the moment the situation is that you who bring up the rear of It's in the top league, but it's in our own hands to make sure things get better, so you have to get in your head of people, you have to develop this greed, you have to develop this fun just to duel even more intensely, that's right. also a little bit where you say yes if you grant too many goals you can use your own experience there it's just going to be a matter of focus and of course that's a focus where you just try to get this wish into your head like I just did tell. said to get what winning the ball is also partial success somewhere and then of course trying to get on offense at some point winning the ball of course will be the focus today for the first time, which you get to know every one another, that you want to go forward together, that you try the team right away to get it to follow you, that is the most important thing because otherwise you don't have a chance and that's why I'm currently there and just trying to give stability to the team because I thought that at least starting in Berlin was unfortunately not worth it, but now we have to start to achieve a positive result on Sunday, which will not be easy. a question for mr knebel she is just telling me that you want to continue on the

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path which includes yes even if i do a rigid savings plan will there still be opportunities to get stronger in the winter will it be in italy or lets say ? we have something that we have that we have and that we don't have an extra charge for signing new players.
I would not say that we have a direction of the concept of savings, but serious budget planning and that, of course, includes the fact that I am there with my colleague Christina and, of course, I am with you. I am constantly exchanging ideas about what we can do, how flexible we are, with the coach, of course, we will define the team. examining and looking and then we'll see what's possible in winter we'll definitely do everything we can to continue to be able to perform and you have to improve around us exactly the team hasn't proven to be competitive so far what do you think is possible with this equipment and where do you see the need for improvements in the winter?
So speaking of the need right now, I find the players a bit uncomfortable. Of course, I would like to approach the matter with a bit of impartiality. that each player can also show up there are always reasons why the team is where it is at the moment it's up to us to work on that and everything else if they discuss it later in peace we'll wait until training is over we'll tell you the games until Wait for the rest and then sit down and then say exactly okay, that is priority now or that has priority importance of this position, but first of all I said that it is said that the team is not competitive and now we have the opportunity to show in some games that the verdict it was done too soon and that makes it so.
The task is also interesting and should therefore also be fun. It's up to you, but like I said, I try to help the guys with that and then we'll see what's next for the world, we may refer to you, it's clear that at the moment labor is a bit of a bottleneck, especially in defence, you know four central defenders are out, so of course it complicates things a bit and I would say that even if these players come back, it's important now that you don't. t catch up that you lose that you possibly get their stability in that yes that you take the spectators with you because that is going to happen it will also be very important for this common feeling to be shown because things are always forgiven it is important that the team does everything possible so that you can never say that we have not invested everything and if at some point the rival is better than you I also have to take off my hat, but it is important that you feel uncomfortable and I think that if the team is ready and I am ready from the outside , then you can be a very unpleasant opponent and then it should be possible too, even if it gets difficult. and they The situation is called difficult to keep the league now Olli Müller for the world yes hello everyone Mr.

Reis

what will your coaching staff be like and how important is it for you personally that you at least have a big influence on the composition of this coaching staff yes I go there too of course I approached the matter impartially I mean I took my assistant coach with me with Markus Geller due to the fact that he my ch who is the most important person because we have been working together in Bochum for more than two years and that was very, very important to me that you who have a yes that I have my people with me, however, there are also people here at the club with im Matze who took over the game in Berlin with bujo which has a lot of credit to the club with Benny who works here and we try to grow together as a team and of course you can also see everything that the distribution of tasks is of course everything is a bit much on the first day but that happens It will be in a short period of time and then I hope my great team will grow together because it is important that the inner circle has to be right for the team it must be true because there are enough difficulties because we also know that this can also cause a lot of unrest but again that It makes the task really interesting but I've always been concerned that the inner circle works, because then you have the opportunity to carry an apprenticeship as well and so everyone can present themselves to me accordingly, you do it temporarily like you did in a down year Although you have it, yes, he also said that it is now that everything is organized and planned and it cannot surprise you too much.
Would you rule out that a new sports director comes to FC

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this year? show up and then we make a decision together, which will then be made by the board of directors Andre as Ernst for the Funke media group on the other side I have a specific question about Olli Müller's question, are you in contact with Mike Büsken? I already wanted, that's something special here. Assistant manager Constellation, who other managers find very unusual, I would like to put it this way, oh, I don't think it's unusual, I don't find it at all, there are people who have done a lot for the club. and now in certain functions there is something similar in that arc when we drove the Heinemann brought back that it was also an institution of the club it is important but of course I met with my team of staff this morning but I expressed my thoughts and yes I'm just I'm looking forward to it for working together because people like that are also with me with Assade who knows the club who knows the surroundings for me of course everything is a bit new everything is a bit bigger logically like in Bochum and it's helpful if you can get a bike . or two and then I'm happy and yes and I think and I hope and then I also assume that we will have a good working relationship for Süddeut sche Zeitung yes, in fact they already are Rudi Völler I would say they have been here for a long time what impression did you have of

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04 in the past? they were from Bochum all those years actually there is a special relationship now they have the rivalry they are the ones that are shared here on the air and with those who have. , he himself has already made games here as a player, always with a bit of prestige, yes, but it is logical, yes, if you feel 25 km away are you separated like the flight of the crow or some kind of club from the ruhr area but that's VfL Bochum, logically, realities emerge and then everything is of course more than one size larger if you have bigger members you have different successes than in my VfL Bochum yes, yes, also a bit of tradition, I mean, people always talk about royal blue, yeah that's a little proud somewhere too, yeah that can put a little bit of a strain on a team right now too, but it's important that you learn to be proud of it again .
Wearing colors that you're in the mood for to achieve something accordingly can also put pressure on the team, but I think that this is a type of motivation that you need to address and like I said, everything is bigger, but I'm happy to be able to. be here now and my chapter can start here looking at the clock, we would be too slow on the last question turning around doing Leto's starts means that it is a bit of the PK game days already for the weekend because there will be no more I think that there will be a theme that will inevitably come up for them it has been the same for their eight predecessors since 2020 is the question of the goalkeeper, it is always very complicated here at

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, how do you want to do it, what did you do in the past, so when a new coach arrived, the signals were always set to zero, how about you? , of course I will think about it, so forming an opinion about the drink units is that he has already spoken to me, you said so yourself, for several years there has always been a discussion i st because you also had a great goal again, but I just want collect the training impressions with me and get a good look at who is which player and it's all about the position of the cake but in general it's more suitable for Sunday to be successful yes then there you always have weeks where it's just not so optimal , so you have weeks where you're like woah now uh now is the time and I would like to approach the matter in exactly the same way that I said when I did things Team would also like to deal with the team inConsequently also with individual positions there are also more questions about the conclusion

Peter

Wenzel has one more for the Bild newspaper Mr.
FC

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04 is called even we said in the press release that we also have other options to check when it became known that Matthias Kreutzer was sitting on the bench for Berlin on Sunday so he doesn't feel like the first choice anymore and for sure his reputation was in the summer as Bochum is different than it is now, I'll just say after the six games at the start of the season that they lost completely to Bochum and then had to come off a bit damaged by

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and others checked the options and yes, what did the false start in Bochum do to them?
So in the summer like I said they had a different image than now yeah that's a sport my husband sees football moving fast a Westerland result in measured terms I don't think I've changed as a person , we said if I wanted to justify myself now which I don't want to do but we were competitive despite the difficulties that unfortunately we missed out on points but that's fine in the past too and if that has tarnished my reputation now so believe it and don't I think I know I do a great job It's not for nothing that VfL Bochum is top class again and that makes me a little proud that I was able to do my part and I think it's completely normal, so I want to say that you always read a little about that, maybe with that or another. coach, but it's completely normal that the club's daughter club, like

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04, is looking at all options and if they put me there planning BCD, I don't care, I'm sitting here, no one else, I've been entrusted with this honorable task.
I have that. Earn trust and that's how I approach the matter and everything else that happened before doesn't interest me because the important thing is what interests me immediately on the pitch, that I'm moving the team forward, so Lars's call says so. alright, there's still one final question because at 11 a.m. m. It is already the first training in public. I can also give the hint, so if you want to come you can, all questions are answered. locate as far as it seems to be the case, thank you very much for coming and for the rest wish you a good Thursday
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