Schalke fans hit 'dislike' button for Magath

Updated: 27 February 2011 21:34 IST

Schalke 04 coach Felix Magath seems to have failed in his Facebook charm offensive after Royal Blues fans gave him the thumbs down during their 1-1 German league draw with Nuremberg.

Schalke fans hit 'dislike' button for Magath

Schalke 04 coach Felix Magath seems to have failed in his Facebook charm offensive after Royal Blues fans gave him the thumbs down during their 1-1 German league draw with Nuremberg.


Earlier this month, Magath reached out to Schalke fans by setting up a Facebook page to try and win over supporters upset at what they perceive to be Magath's dictatorial style and his transfer policy.

In a little over a fortnight, Magath has collected more than 140,000 friends, who have clicked the 'like' -- thumbs up icon -- on the social-networking website to show their approval for the Schalke boss.

But after his side were held at home by resurgent Nuremberg, hardcore fans held up a banner at Gelsenkirchen's Veltins Arena saying: "Felix: we don't like you any more" next to a large picture of a down-turned thumb.

To reinforce their message, home fans chanted it during the second half.

Nuremberg took the lead midfielder Jens Hegeler netted in the 37th minute before Spain striker Raul equalised in the second half.

Cries of 'Magath out!' could be heard after the final whistle with his side 10th in the Bundesliga.

Even though the Royal Blues earned an impressive 1-1 draw with Valencia in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 tie nearly a fortnight ago, Schalke have been erratic this season.

Having finished second in the Bundesliga last season in Magath's first season in charge, there is disharmony in Gelsenkirchen.

"There's a negative mood in the whole club," admitted Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer after the final whistle.

"In a season like this, a team can slide down the table very fast.

"We need to be careful and collect some points."

In his post-match comments, Magath ignored the banner and jeers in the stadium, but admitted he was not happy with the result.

"It is hard to live with the point, that is what disturbs me more than the game," said Magath, who has won the Bundesliga title as coach with both Bayern and Wolfsburg.

"In the second half, we raised our game and had chances, but just couldn't get the second goal."

Schalke face Bayern in the semi-final of the German Cup on Wednesday.



Topics : Football FC Schalke 04
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