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FC Basel to kick off next season with new manager

Urs Fischer

The new sporting leadership of FC Basel decided to end their co-operation with manager Urs Fischer after the conclusion of the current season, and hire a new coach for the 2017/2018 season. 

The decision to change leadership is in the context of the forthcoming upheaval and implementation of a new concept regarding the club’s leadership. In a statement released b the club, they stated that Fischer has done an “excellent” job since he came to the club in summer 2015.

He has won the league title during his first season, and is on the track of winning his second title, as Basel is on the top of the table with 70 points, 17 points above Young Boys who are in second place.

However, the people in charge have come to the conclusion that they would like to emphasize the position of the manager by implementing their new “Forever red-blue” concept. A new manager will be presented in the coming weeks, and he will be responsible for achieving the club’s goals for the 2017/2018 season.

In addition to Fischer, the two assistants Markus Hoffmann and Marco Walker will also be leaving the club.

Former Switzerland international and Basel striker Marco Streller, who is now the 3rd assistant manager at the club, said, “Our clear commitment to Basel includes the promotion of our own juniors and the integration of young players into the first team. We want to create a brand and also promote an attractive game culture. It goes without saying that our ultimate goal is to continue the success story that Urs Fischer and his team have created in the last two years. ”

Urs Fischer commented on the change saying, “I have been informed about the possible change of leadership since January. I find it very unfortunate that my time at Basel is coming to an end. We were able to spend two very good years here – not only because we were able to win a title, but also because of how we worked well with the first team. But I can understand the decision to have a new sporting leadership, they want a new beginning.”

Along with securing Basel’s seventh consecutive Swiss League, and putting the team in a good position to win the eight this season, Fischer has guided the team to the Swiss Cup final.




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