Former Schalke boss Christian Gross takes swipe at Sead Kolasinac and Shkodran Mustafi

Ex-Arsenal stars Shkodran Mustafi and Sead Kolasinac look on before Schalke's clash with Stuttgart
Shkodran Mustafi and Sead Kolasinac both completed January moves from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Christian Gross has taken aim at both Sead Kolasinac and Shkodran Mustafi just days after his dismissal at Schalke and insists neither player would have joined had he been in control of new arrivals in January.

The 66-year-old Swiss became Schalke’s fourth manager of the campaign when he was appointed at the end of December but lasted just two months in the job with the club sitting rock-bottom of the Bundesliga table, eight points adrift of their nearest rivals.

Kolasinac returned on loan not long after Gross’ arrival and Mustafi followed his ex-Arsenal team-mate through the doors at the VELTINS-Arena on a permanent deal as Schalke looked to experience to get themselves out of trouble.

Christian Gross looks on ahead of Schalke's clash with Stuttgart
Gross was sacked after just two months in charge of the Bundesliga strugglers (Picture: Getty)

Veteran Netherlands striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was also added to Schalke’s ranks but their winter signings have done little to turn the desperate situation around, with the team losing eight of their last 11 games.

Dimitrios Grammozis was announced as Schalke’s new head coach earlier this week and his predecessor, Gross, pulled no punches with his frank assessment of their additions in the January transfer window as he spoke candidly with Blick.

‘I wouldn’t have signed the players we signed in the winter,’ Gross, who managed Tottenham from 1997 to 1998, told the Swiss publication.

‘I would have tried for a luckier hand.

‘They [Mustafi and Kolasinac] would also not have been available for Schalke if they had played often.’

Schalke players look on during Bundesliga clash with Stuttgart
Schalke sit rock-bottom of the German top flight (Picture: Getty)

Gross has not been alone with his criticism of Schalke’s January business and Germany legend Lothar Matthaus expects Kolasinac, Mustafi and Huntelaar to all depart at the end of the season.

‘The three, being the most expected players and the ones who should pull the rest for their supposed quality, have so far been totally disappointing,’ he said.

‘It is likely that all three will leave when the season ends and cause more discomfort, although it seems impossible.

‘After the team wore out four coaches with their performances, from now on they can’t complain about anyone but themselves.

‘The team has made mistakes for months, but also all the sports officials and technicians.

‘It was flagrant, inexplicable and never seen before so many at such a level.’

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