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Challandes relieved of Zürich duties

Published: Monday 19 April 2010, 15.53CET
Urs Fischer will take charge of FC Zürich for the remainder of the season after the Swiss champions parted company with coach Bernard Challandes following a home defeat by FC Aarau.
Challandes relieved of Zürich duties
Bernard Challandes has endured a difficult season with Zürich ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 19 April 2010, 15.53CET

Challandes relieved of Zürich duties

Urs Fischer will take charge of FC Zürich for the remainder of the season after the Swiss champions parted company with coach Bernard Challandes following a home defeat by FC Aarau.

FC Zürich have parted company with coach Bernard Challandes after a home defeat by bottom-of-the-table FC Aarau left the Swiss champions seventh in the ten-team league.

Youth team coach Urs Fischer will lead Zürich for the remainder of the campaign, with a club statement acknowledging "the players are also responsible for the team's success on the field". Zürich lie 15 points adrift of their neighbours, third-placed Grasshopper-Club, and 27 behind joint-leaders FC Basel 1893 and BSC Young Boys.

Challandes, 58, joined Zürich in 2007 and led the club to the title in 2008/09 and into this season's UEFA Champions League group stage. Before his appointment, Challandes, who is a qualified French teacher, was in charge of the Switzerland Under-21 side having previously coached Yverdon-Sport FC, Young Boys and Servette FC.

Last updated: 19/04/10 16.18CET

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