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Fringer leaves relegated Aarau

Fringer is leaving the team he once turned into champions

(Keystone)

FC Aarau coach Rolf Fringer has decided to leave the club, just one day after failing to save the team from relegation.

Fringer announced on Wednesday that he would not be renewing his contract when it runs out at the end of June.

Twenty-four hours earlier Fringer saw his team win their final match in the promotion/relegation round but to no avail. A 1-0 victory for rivals FC Thun saw the minnows from the Bernese Oberland promoted in place of Aarau.

Tuesday's relegation ended a long series of last-minute escapes by the team from northern Switzerland.

Since winning promotion to the top division in 1981, the side had successfully survived the relegation round on no less than seven occasions, including three final round escapes in 1992, 1999 and 2000.

During that time Fringer led the team to the highest point in their recent history, winning the Swiss league title in 1993 to end a wait of almost 80 years.

Since returning to the club two years ago, the former Swiss national coach has been unable to rediscover the former magic, though, and will now not be around as the team look to rebuild.

swissinfo with agencies

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