After a poor season Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04 fired coach Markus Weinzierl Friday and revealed they had replaced him with a little known rookie.

After Schalke failed to qualify for Europe this season the club cast an envious eye at the spectacular relegation escape act carried out by 31-year-old Domenico Tedesco at second flight Erzgebirge Aue.

The 31-year-old passed his UEFA coaching badges in 2016 with maximum possible marks and took over Erzgebirge with 11 games to go garnering an average 1.82 points per game to dig them out of a hole and finish three points above the drop zone.

The former amateur footballer with a degree in civil engineering has been given a two year contract by Schalke who finished tenth in the Bundesliga last season.