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Rangnick named Schalke boss

Schalke have confirmed the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as their new coach following the departure of Felix Magath.

Rangnick, who left Hoffenheim on January 1, has signed a contract until 2014. He returns to Schalke having led the Royal Blues from September 2004 to December 2005.

He will officially take charge of the club on Monday with Seppo Eichkorn, Magath's right-hand man at Stuttgart, Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg, placed in temporary charge for this weekend's Bundesliga clash with Bayer Leverkusen.

Rangnick's first game back on the Schalke bench will be against St Pauli on April 1.

The 52-year-old led the club to second in the Bundesliga and to the final of the DFB-Pokal in his first spell in charge.

Meanwhile, Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has admitted that Magath lost elements of the dressing room prior to his departure.

"On the one hand, I was a player under Felix Magath and I had a good relationship with him and he pushed me and improved me as a player," Neuer told the club's official website. "But on the other hand, I am also the captain of the team and several players had come to me to tell me about problems that had to be discussed with the coach.

"We were not able to clear up everything. A lot of fundamental things did not change, which is why we had to escalate it to somebody at the club whose voice would be heard, and so we spoke with Clemens Tonnies."

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