Wilmots in after Schalke shake-up

Former Belgian international Marc Wilmots has taken over from Frank Neubarth as coach of FC Schalke 04.

Club announcement
Schalke sports director Andreas Müller confirmed Neubarth's departure, saying: "We have parted company with our coach and I cannot tell you more than that right now."

Disappointing campaign
The 40-year-old had taken over in the summer from Dutchman Huub Stevens who left to join Hertha BSC Berlin, but has paid the price for a disappointing season. "Obviously we are very disappointed - my assistant Norbert Elgert and I would have liked to continue our work here," Neubarth said. He becomes the sixth coaching casualty of the 1. Bundesliga campaign.

Wilmots appointed
Schalke, the 2002 German Cup winners, have appointed Wilmots as his temporary successor. The 34-year-old, who is expected to retire from playing at the end of the season, must now turn his attention to securing a European place for the Gelsenkirchen club.

European dream
Neubarth's last game in charge was Saturday's 1-1 home draw with TSV 1860 München, which followed a 6-0 defeat by Hertha. The result left Schalke seven points adrift of a UEFA Champions League qualification berth, in sixth position. The outgoing coach had made his name as a striker with SV Werder Bremen and was also a German international. Before taking over at Schalke, he was in charge of Bremen's amateur side.