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Handball: St Otmar lose player-coach

In Hedin, St Otmar are losing an asset both on and off the court.

(Keystone / Regina Kuehne)

Robert Hedin, the player-coach of handball club St Otmar St Gallen, has announced his decision to leave the team at the end of the current season. The 34-year-old Swede said he intended to pursue his career in Germany's national league.

He added that he had been in talks with the first division clubs Willstädt/Schutterwald and Nettelstedt as well as with second division side Schwerin.

Hedin has been St Otmar's player-coach for the last three years. In a break with recent tradition the club are now thought to be looking for a replacement who will concentrate only on coaching.

Among the favourites to succeed Hedin are the former Swiss national coach Urs Mühlethaler. The club could also appoint from within by promoting one of the current coaching staff, Predrag Borkovic.

Hedin's departure will also leave the club looking for a second foreign player to join the Austrian Andreas Dittert.

Under Hedin, St Otmar twice reached the play-off finals. In the 1998/99 season they reached the final, where they lost to TV Suhr.

The greatest success came last season, when the team won the cup. St Otmar are currently second in this season's league table.

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