Thomas Reis counted before derby against Schalke 04

DThe encounter has features of a class reunion when VfL Bochum on Saturday evening (6.30 p.m. in FAZ live ticker for the Bundesliga and at Sky) as a guest Schalke will be in the neighboring town of Gelsenkirchen. We haven't seen each other for a long time, since 2010 this small but traditional district derby has not been able to take place.

Since then, either one club has played in the second Bundesliga or the other, but that's not the only reason old friends meet here. Schalke's sports director is on the sidelines Rouven Schroeder met the new Bochum sports manager Patrick Fabian, with whom he once formed a central defender duo in the VfL second team.

Schröder played together with Bochum coach Thomas Reis in the 2001/2002 season on Castroper Strasse in the second division, and there are reports that the Schalke sports director and Bochum head coach also met in the spring. Supposedly to explore the possibilities of cooperation. Following this exchange, Reis is said to have asked the Bochum club management to be allowed to switch to Schalke, but he was not given clearance.

Reis loses support

This story has in Bochum triggered severe shocks, meanwhile it is even conceivable that those responsible at VfL Reis will soon be released. In any case, some observers find it difficult to imagine that the ailing coach will be allowed to stay if Bochum also lose their sixth Bundesliga game of the season to Schalke.

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