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Schalke dismiss Stevens after Freiburg defeat

Published: Sunday 16 December 2012, 12.00CET
FC Schalke 04 have announced that they have parted company with Dutch coach Huub Stevens in the wake of their 3-1 home defeat by SC Freiburg on Saturday.
Schalke dismiss Stevens after Freiburg defeat
Huub Stevens's second spell in charge of Schalke has come to an end ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Sunday 16 December 2012, 12.00CET

Schalke dismiss Stevens after Freiburg defeat

FC Schalke 04 have announced that they have parted company with Dutch coach Huub Stevens in the wake of their 3-1 home defeat by SC Freiburg on Saturday.

Saturday's home defeat by SC Freiburg proved Huub Stevens' last act in charge of FC Schalke 04 after he was dismissed with youth coach Jens Keller taking up the reins until the end of the season. 

Schalke chairman Clemens Tonnies said: "We had to react. Huub Stevens is a great guy and he sacrificed his personal interests for the good of the team. He has admitted that he was no longer getting through to the team."

The former Netherlands international originally took over in 1996 and led the Gelsenkirchen club to UEFA Cup glory one year later, before adding two German Cups to his trophy haul in 2001 and 2002. After spells with six different clubs including Hamburger SV and PSV Eindhoven, Stevens returned to Schalke in 2011 and led them to a third-place finish. 

This season has proved more tasking for Stevens, however, with the club lying seventh in the Bundesliga following a run of six games without a win. His replacement, Keller, whose only previous coaching experience came in a two-month spell in charge of VfB Stuttgart in 2010, inherits a side in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League. 

Last updated: 16/12/12 15.05CET

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