Swiss national football coach resigns

Enzo Trossero said he was leaving for his native Argentina on Monday and was not sure whether he would return to Switzerland Keystone Archive

Switzerland's national football coach, Enzo Trossero, has resigned, following the humiliating home defeat by Slovenia on Wednesday, which severely dented Swiss chances of qualifying for next year's World Cup finals.

This content was published on June 8, 2001 - 17:13

Trossero, who has a contract that runs through 2002, asked the Swiss Football Association to be relieved from his duties.

The association's president, Ralph Zloczower, told Friday's "Blick" newspaper that he hoped Trossero would complete his contract.

Trossero told the "Tribune de Geneve" on Friday that he was returning to his native Argentina on Monday on a private visit, adding: "I don't know if I will return to Switzerland".

"I'm not the sort of person who stays to the end of a contract for financial reasons if all seems lost."

There has been speculation that Trossero might re-join his former club, Independiente of Buenos Aires, but there has been no confirmation of a formal approach.

Trossero took up his post as national coach last July. His avowed aim of taking Switzerland into the World Cup finals suffered a major setback when Slovenia beat the Swiss in Basel earlier this week - a defeat which sent Switzerland sliding into third spot in their group.

There is already speculation in the Swiss media about who might succeed "Don Enzo" as he's popularly known. Among the names being mentioned are the current trainers of Basel and St Gallen, Christian Gross and Marcel Koller, and the former Lucerne coach, Andy Egli.

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