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'Schalke's glass is always half empty' - departing executive Horst Heldt

Horst Heldt is leaving Schalke after six years at the Bundesliga club.

Horst Heldt has urged Schalke to stop talking about each other and start trusting one another instead.

Heldt, 46, will sign off as sporting executive at the turbulent Bundesliga club when Schalke visit Hoffenheim on Saturday.

The former Bundesliga player was brought to the Veltins Arena from Stuttgart by then-coach Felix Magath in July 2010, and gained more power when Magath left in February 2011.

The Royal Blues went on to lift the German Cup in his first year at Schalke, but that was Heldt's only trophy during his six years at the club.

With his contract due to expire this summer, Schalke confirmed his exit when the long-standing rumour that Mainz's Christian Heidel would take the reins at the Veltins Arena was ratified in February.

Heidel will begin his work at Schalke on Sunday, while Heldt will go on holiday with his family.

"This club needs to quiet down," Heldt said. "There is always talk about this club being one big family. But if you are family, you also stick together in difficult times."

For the second consecutive season Schalke have failed to qualify for the Champions League, and Heldt believes that this is down to the club's mentality.

"The glass here is always half-empty, never half-filled," the sporting executive said. "I have also failed to create a new spirit. I wish that Christian Heidel can do it. Then there is no way to stop this club."

Throughout his stint at Schalke, Heldt faced criticism for his transfer policy from parts of the media, as well as from the Royal Blues supporters, while Dortmund fanzine mocked him as a "confidential informant" for BVB.

Sunday's game against Hoffenheim will be Horst Heldt's last appearance in the stands for Schalke.

"If I could do one more thing until Sunday then I would close all internet boards in this world," Heldt said.

"You get the biggest tossers there, who indeed have absolutely no clue, but venture to talk about people so that it's the lowest drawer of them all."

The club, meanwhile, have announced that they will tour China from July 2 through to July 9.

Schalke are the fourth Bundesliga club in recent years to explore one of the fastest growing football markets in the world, following in the footsteps of Werder Bremen, Munich and Wolfsburg. Local rivals Borussia Dortmund will follow them in late July.

Stephan Uersfeld is the Germany correspondent for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @uersfeld.


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