Magath aims for the top
Felix Magath has vowed to guide Schalke to the title during his time at the club.
By Thomas Zocher
Last Updated: 22/06/09 2:02pm
Felix Magath has vowed to guide Schalke to the title during his time at the club although he has warned fans not to expect too much too soon.
The German coach agreed to join Schalke before the Bundesliga season had finished and is set to take over officially on 1st July.
The 55-year-old's move came as a surprise to some after he had just led Wolfsburg to the German league crown.
The success gave Magath his third league crown in total after he guided Bayern Munich to two league and cup doubles during his time at the club and he is confident of emulating that success with Schalke.
"Of course I would want to win the trophy with Schalke too," he told Bild. "But I do not know how long it will take to rebuild the squad and set the club on its way.
"I have a contract for four years because of that. I do not mind what sort of expectations people have.
"I am well under my own sort of pressure. I have said I know how to get to the top and if the club shares my way of dealing, we will take that path to the top. I am prepared to go through doubts and difficulties."
Magath also pointed out that he would sit down with midfielder Jermaine Jones and striker Kevin Kuranyi to discuss their futures, with both having recently been linked with moves away from the club.
Meanwhile Jones has decided to take the option of representing the USA national team, despite having been capped by Germany on three occasions.
The 27-year-old has been allowed to switch nationalities due to the fact that his three caps all came in friendly games and the former Frankfurt ace, who has an American father, does not believe he has been treated fairly by the Germans.
"Now that I have a chance to play for America, I want to play for the States. I am one half American and one-half German and now I want to play for the USA," he told the New York Times.
"I have tattoos and in Germany the people maybe don't like that stuff. When I want to say something I say it.
"In Germany, it is all about the team and now there are more players who say nothing. Maybe this is the problem with me.
"I thought I would have had a chance with the national team of Germany. But for me, now this is over."