Bern ice hockey club, currently eighth in the league standings, have fired their coach, Riccardo Fuhrer.This content was published on January 8, 2002 - 09:25
The Bern trainer's dismissal comes after two straight losses over the weekend to Lugano and Davos. Ninth-placed Lausanne closed the gap to just three points with two wins on Saturday and Sunday.
Bern's pre-season ambition of winning the title is no longer a priority. "We have to look at just qualifying for the playoffs for the time being," said managing director Marc Lüthi on Monday.
"We fired Riccardo Fuhrer from his coaching position because our ranking is not what it should be."
The players are also responsible for their poor performances according to the club's management. "We must react, and we couldn't fire the entire team," said Lüthi.
Born in Bern, and a former player at the club, 46-year-old Fuhrer began his coaching career with La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1991 in the third division. He guided the canton Neuchâtel team into the first division, before heading to Grasshoppers Zurich and Lausanne.
Fuhrer's long career as a player also took him to Lugano, Fribourg, Olten and Neuchâtel, earning him two Swiss championships along the way.
Fuhrer will be replaced by his assistant, Mirek Hybler, who is also the coach of the junior team, but remains the club's technical director for the time being. Whether Fuhrer will stay in that position remains unclear, as he is on leave for the coming week.
Bern are now on the market for a new head coach.
swissinfo with agencies
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