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Schalke appoint Ralf Rangnic as Felix Magath successor

Schalke today appointed Ralf Rangnick as their new coach following the departure of Felix Magath.

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 to second in the Bundesliga and to the final of the DFB-Pokal in his first spell in charge.