Former Germany goalkeeper and captain Oliver Kahn looks set to be named as the new sporting director of Schalke, after meeting with club officials today.
"Kahn is a good type with a huge capacity for work," said Schalke chairman Clemens Toennies after their three-hour meeting. "We knocked the details off quickly, a concept has been discussed and we have a total aggreement.
"We will speak again in two to three weeks again by telephone," added Toennies, who will now consult Schalke's executive committee.
Other candidates linked to the job include current Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff, ex-Hamburg coach Huub Stevens and current Wolfsburg boss Felix Magath. However, 39-year-old Kahn is the favourite and has already had several meetings in Gelsenkirchen, to discuss replacing Andreas Mueller, who was sacked last week.
"Above all, I want to work with a team," Kahn told Der Spiegel online. "I would consider that very interesting, but whether one actually takes a role depends on many factors and facets."
Kahn, who captained Germany in the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™ Final, retired at the end of last season, having led Bayern Munich to the league and cup double.
Since quitting football, Kahn has turned his attention to talent scouting and returned early from a trip to China PR to meet with Schalke chairman Clemens Toennies.