Slomka signs contract extension at Schalke

April 10, 2006

FRANKFURT, April 10 (Reuters) - Schalke 04 have given coach Mirko Slomka a new contract running to the end of next season, a despite a disappointing result on Sunday that leaves them with little chance of a Champions League place.

'We're a 100 percent convinced by his work,' Schalke's general manager Rudi Assauer said on Monday. 'There's no need to wait until the end of the season.'

Slomka took over as coach in January following the dismissal of Ralf Rangnick. The team were in fourth place in the Bundesliga at the time and that situation has not altered.

Sunday's 1-1 draw with MSV Duisburg left them six points adrift of third-placed Werder Bremen with five games left to play. Third place offers the final chance of making the Champions League in Germany.

But Schalke are still going strong in the UEFA Cup, with a semi-final to come against Sevilla.