Magath future to be decided on Monday
Schalke president Clemens Tonnies has further fuelled speculation coach Felix Magath will be shown the door next week by admitting changes are needed at the club.
Rumours surfaced in the hours building up to Schalke's 3-1 triumph over Valencia on Wednesday that a decision had already been taken at board level to relieve Magath of his duties at the end of the season.
Although Magath claims he does not know anything and that he still expects to fulfil his contract, which expires in 2013, he did reveal a meeting has been called on Monday.
And Tonnies has told Kicker magazine change is necessary, though he did not explicitly confirm the rumours that Magath will be forced out at the end of the season.
"We have got to call it a day, regardless of the Champions League,'' Tonnies said. "It has been a wasted year.
Although Magath has led them into the final of the DFB-Pokal and the last eight of the Champions League, the fans are still hungry for their first ever Bundesliga title, which they expected more than ever this season after finishing a close second to Bayern Munich last term.
Instead, Schalke lie 10th, 12 points adrift of the top five, with Tonnies claiming that the squad's "togetherness" has been missing this season.
"The whole club is in flames," he said. "Schalke has always been a club which has stood for passionate togetherness and especially at times like these when team spirit and a feeling of unity are so predominant in football, anything else is unacceptable.''
The main criticism levelled at Magath has been his lack of identification with the club's fans, though large sections of the crowd at the Arena AufSchalke showed their support for him on Wednesday night, with the under-fire boss admitting afterwards: "That makes me happy''.
Magath did not lead training on Thursday morning, increasing speculation his time in charge could soon come to an end, and failure to beat Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga on Saturday could hasten his departure.