Midweek Sport - - ON THE NOSE - By SEAN RAFTER

SCHALKE have ap­pointed Roberto di Mat­teo as their new coach after sack­ing Jens Keller yes­ter­day.

Di Mat­teo (right) has been out of work since win­ning the Cham­pi­ons League in charge of Chelsea in 2012.

He will in­herit an un­der­per­form­ing side, with Schalke sit­ting in 11th in the Bun­desliga.

Keller was shown the door after almost two years in charge of the Royal Blues. They are cur­rently three points above the bot­tom three and the same dis­tance from the top six and were knocked out in the first round of the DFB-Pokal – the Ger­man Cup.

Satur­day’s 2-1 loss at Hof­fen­heim was the fi­nal straw for Keller, whose po­si­tion was al­ways un­der scru­tiny from the day he re­placed Huub Stevens.

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