Former Spurs boss confirmed as new head coach of European club

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Christian Gross has completed a sensational return to European football, with Schalke announcing him as their new interim head coach.

Gross was appointed Spurs boss in November 1997 and failed to make the expected impact during his time at White Hart Lane.

The Swiss coach spent a mere nine months as Tottenham boss and was relieved of his duties at the start of the 1998-98 season on the back of a poor start to the campaign.

After leaving North London, Gross rebuilt his reputation at Basel, where he stayed in-charge for a full decade, following that up with brief stints at Stuttgart and Young Boys.

The 66-year-old has since managed Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli and Egyptian side Zamalek.

Schalke, who are sitting at the bottom of the Bundesliga table with just four points from their first 13 matches, sacked Manuel Baum on the December 18 and have now confirmed that Gross will take over until the end of the season.

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It can be argued that Gross did not get a fair crack of the whip at Spurs as he was managing an extremely poor squad at the time. It is nice to see him return to European football but it looks it is going to take a miracle to keep Schalke up this season.

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