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Favre tries luck with rock-bottom Mönchengladbach

Published: Monday 14 February 2011, 12.48CET
Lucien Favre has taken charge at the Bundesliga's bottom club VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach, having been a free agent since leaving Hertha BSC Berlin in September 2009.
Favre tries luck with rock-bottom Mönchengladbach
New Mönchengladbach coach Lucien Favre ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 14 February 2011, 12.48CET

Favre tries luck with rock-bottom Mönchengladbach

Lucien Favre has taken charge at the Bundesliga's bottom club VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach, having been a free agent since leaving Hertha BSC Berlin in September 2009.

Swiss coach Lucien Favre has been handed the reins at struggling Bundesliga side VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach, taking over from Michael Frontzeck who was sacked on Sunday.

The 53-year-old Favre will attempt a rescue mission with a Mönchengladbach team lying three points adrift at the bottom of the German top flight. He had been without a club since being dismissed by Hertha BSC Berlin in September 2009. His work at Hertha, beginning in 2007, had earned him Germany's coach of the season award for the 2008/09 campaign.

Capped 24 times by Switzerland as a midfielder, Favre made his coaching name by leading Yverdon-Sport FC to promotion to the Swiss Super League in 1999 and then winning the 2001 Swiss Cup with Servette FC. He moved on to Hertha after lifting back-to-back Swiss titles as coach of FC Zürich.

With just 16 points from 22 Bundesliga games, two-time UEFA Cup winners Mönchengladbach are eight from safety. Their new coach said: "I am convinced that we still have a chance to stay up. There is very little time left so we have to be precise and correct things quickly."

Last updated: 15/02/11 9.29CET

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