Jens Keller could be named Schalke head coach on a permanent basis if he succeeds in guiding the club into the Champions League, president Clemens Tonnies has said.
Keller - who replaced Huub Stevens in December, when he signed a contract until the end of the campaign - has steered Schalke to fourth place in the Bundesliga and saw them collect three more points with a 3-0 win over Hoffenheim on Saturday.
Eintracht Frankfurt coach Armin Veh had been linked with a move to Schalke, but has since opted to stay where he is and sign a new contract.
Tonnies said Keller had "a good chance" of staying in the job, telling Sport Bild: "If we are successful, then this is the most important indication our coach is doing a good job.
"Jens Keller has a good chance of remaining coach here beyond the summer. We believe in Jens Keller, and I am sure he will prove himself to everybody.
"Our aim is the Champions League, and we're all working towards that."
Information from the Press Association was used in this report