Uli Forte, former coach of Arminia Bielefeld, replaces Saibene at Xamax Neuchâtel

Preparing for the barrage

After the departure of Xamax coach Jeff Saibene, his successor is now determined: it is the ex-Bielefeld Uli Forte. The 48-year-old asked for the termination of his contract with Arminen on Monday.

With Italo-Switzerland, Neuchâtel has hired a proven motivator and a trainer known in Switzerland as a firefighter. Prior to his brief stint at Bielefeld, he was successful with Yverdon in the Challenge League. His greatest successes include two cup victories with FC Zurich and Grasshoppers as well as two promotions with FC St. Gallen and FCZ.

Xamax is currently twelve points adrift of 9th place who salvaged last place in the House of Commons and last scored a three-pointer on February 26. Due to the particular fact that there is no direct relegation this season, the Maladière team can slowly prepare for a relegation playoff against the best team eligible for promotion from the Promotion League.

Author: Jacqueline MANNESSIER