The former German international had 46 caps and scored six goals from 2001 to 2006 and also had an illustrious career with Schalke 04 from 1999 to 2010.

“The U23s are very important to us,“ said Schalke general manager Christian Heidel.

"The U23 side is the last stage of development in our academy. We want to support the U23s more than we have in the past and I think it’s really important for me to be in regular contact with .

"It’s really important to have someone who focuses solely on this team.” Heidel is convinced that Asamoah is the right man for the job. “This job needs someone who fully identifies with the club and the task, therefore Gerald fits perfectly. We are really pleased that he is continuing to work at Gera."

Asamoah is also looking forward to his new task

Gerald Asamoah is pleased to be appointed as the coach of the U23 side

“After I finished my playing career, I completed my Sport Management studies at the University of St Gallen so that I had the necessary qualifications to begin my ‘second’ career,” explained the former Germany international.

“I am therefore really pleased to be able to work for my club and with the U23s side, who I finished my career with. I'm looking forward to going down a new path in my career.”