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Challandes accepts Young Boys challenge

Published: Monday 8 April 2013, 18.30CET
Bernard Challandes has replaced Martin Rueda as BSC Young Boys coach, returning to a post he last held 18 years ago charged with improving the fortunes of the Berne club.
Challandes accepts Young Boys challenge
Bernard Challandes left Thun in November ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 8 April 2013, 18.30CET

Challandes accepts Young Boys challenge

Bernard Challandes has replaced Martin Rueda as BSC Young Boys coach, returning to a post he last held 18 years ago charged with improving the fortunes of the Berne club.

Bernard Challandes has returned to the hot seat at BSC Young Boys, 24 hours after the Berne outfit parted company with Martin Rueda.

Rueda departed after Sunday's 2-0 home defeat by bottom club Servette FC left them sixth in the Swiss Super League, eight points adrift of FC Sion in fourth and a UEFA Europa League place. Challandes takes the reins for the remaining ten games charged with bridging that gap.

"I'm positive that Bernard can give the team a new sense of ambition for the rest of the season," said sporting director Fredy Bickel. Bickel knows what he is getting: he worked with the 61-year-old at FC Zürich from 2007 to 2010, winning the 2009 title and qualifying for the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Challandes also has a past with Young Boys, where he was coach from 1994 to 1995. He was in charge of canton rivals FC Thun until November, and says: "I'm highly motivated and I hope that together with the team and the coaching staff I can help improve the club's position."

Last updated: 08/04/13 19.05CET

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