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Schalke coach resigns due to 'exhaustion syndrome'

Friday, September 23, 2011

In a shock announcement, Schalke 04 coach Ralf Rangnick has stepped down because of "exhaustion syndrome".

Ralf Rangnick has quit as coach of Bundesliga club Schalke 04
Ralf Rangnick has quit as coach of Bundesliga club Schalke 04

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It was not immediately clear how long the 53-year-old would be out or whether he would be returning to Schalke.

His announcement comes just two years after Hannover 96 goalkeeper Robert Enke committed suicide aged just 32 after suffering from depression for several years.

Earlier this month, Hannover reserve goalkeeper Markus Miller was admitted to a clinic due to psychiatric problems.

"After long and careful consideration, I've come to the conclusion that I need a break," Rangnick told Schalke's club website.

"This decision was terribly difficult to make. But my current energy levels are not sufficient to be successful nor enough to advance the team or the club.

"I've taken this step with my team in mind and I wish them every possible success for the rest of the season."

Rangnick, who joined Schalke after leaving Hoffenheim in January, led Schalke to the Champions League semi-finals and German Cup success last season.

Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt added: "His decision deserves respect.

"We also believe that health should be put above any professional targets and challenges."

Assistant coaches Seppo Eichkorn and Markus Gisdol will stand in for Rangnick for Schalke's upcoming Bundesliga clash with Freiburg.

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