Published November 20, 2012
THUN, Switzerland – The coach asked his players if they still wanted him. The players told him to get lost.
Bernard Challandes quit as coach of Swiss soccer team Thun on Tuesday after his team voted against continuing to work with him.
After a 3-0 loss to Lausanne-Sports at the weekend, Challandes asked his players if they still had confidence in him. Thun said in a statement that a "big majority" of the players gave their answer Tuesday, and Challandes "accepted the consequences."
The club said its directors were not actively involved in the process which led to Challandes' departure.
The defeat Saturday left Thun ninth in the 10-team league. Challandes's former assistant, Mauro Lustrinelli, will take over until the midseason break.
Challandes previously guided Zurich to the title in 2009 and into a Champions League group that included Real Madrid and AC Milan.