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Lausanne hire new manager, Zvunka

Victor Zvunka built his career in French football. Keystone

The Swiss football team, Lausanne, have hired France's Victor Zvunka as their new manager after sacking Pierre André Schürmann in December.

Zvunka, 49, has been hired for a six-month period, ending on June 30, 2001.

The former defender built his football career playing for Marseille and has managed a number of French teams including Racing Paris, Toulouse, Cannes and Châteauroux. However, he has no experience in Swiss football.

Lausanne, who are currently in fourth place in the Swiss football championship, made it to the third round of the UEFA Cup competition before they were knocked out by the French side, Nantes.

The team ended their contract with the former manager, Schürmann, 18 months before it was due to expire.

The move came after weeks of speculation that the club president, Waldemar Kita, was unhappy with the trainer, despite remarkable results on the European stage.

Last month, the team also announced they were selling their top striker, Javier Mazzoni, to the Spanish side, Racing Santander.

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