Umberto Barbaris will coach Lausanne-Sports until the end of the season after Rado Nunweiler was sacked following a poor run of form which has thrown the club into a battle to avoid relegation.
The 49-year-old, who also took over from Nunweiler in 1987 during his first spell as coach of Lausanne, will aim to confirm their top-flight status next season as the club will contest a promotion-relegation round which will commence after the winter break.
Change in mentality needed
"We have to change something in the mentality of the players to stand our ground in the relegation play-offs," said club president Bernard Jaton. "Barberis is familiar with the football philosophy at our club even if he has been away from the game for a couple of years."
Back in football
Barbaris, who won 54 caps for Switzerland as a player, was poised to take over as Swiss national coach from Uli Stielike following his successful spell at Lausanne but was disappointed to see the responsibility given to Roy Hodgson, who took the Swiss to the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Barbaris has since coached FC Sion and Servette FC, but has been out of football since 1996.
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