Club hopes for ‘new momentum’:
Bern separates from coach Wagner
Bern David Wagner is no longer coach of Swiss first-division club Young Boys Bern. The club announced the separation from the former Schalke coach on Monday
David Wagner is no longer the coach of Swiss soccer champions Young Boys Bern. As the club announced on Monday, the 50-year-old and his assistant Christoph Boehler have been released with immediate effect. “In discussions with David Wagner, we came to the conclusion that the team needs new momentum. After the last few matches, we have lost faith that we will be able to turn things around in this constellation,” sporting director Christoph Spicher said.
Wagner, the former Schalke 04 coach, took charge of Young Boys at the start of the current season and led the club to the group stage of the Champions League. There, the Swiss made a stir with their 2-1 win and 1-1 win over Manchester United, but were eliminated as the bottom of the group.
In the tournament, the defending champion had failed twice recently with a 0-1 defeat to Servet Geneva and 2-2 to relegation candidate FC Lucerne and after 25 matches in the standings with Basel, who has the same number of points, as second place is already 15 points behind Leader FC Zurich.
“Of course this is not what I want, but I understand that the sports department wants to give a new impetus to the team,” Wagner said. Former assistant coach Matteo Vanetta will take over the care of the team as interim coach.
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