Sion replace coach Schaellibaum after six games

November 21, 2006

BERN, Switzerland, Nov 21 (Reuters) - FC Sion have replaced coach Marco Schaellibaum after just 46 days in charge of the Swiss top division side.

Schaellibaum was appointed on Oct. 6 after the surprise departure of Argentine former World Cup winner Nestor Clausen but was unable to live up to the high expectations of club president Christian Constantin.

A statement on the Sion web site on Tuesday said the decision was taken because of the team's poor form and results and flagging morale. It said Schaellibaum would be offered another job within the club.

Sion played just five league matches and one cup game under Schaellibaum, managing two wins and a draw at home but losing the remaining three away fixtures.

Schaellibaum was the 22nd coach to be appointed by Constantin in a total of eight years and was described by the president in October as 'a fighter... who is exactly the right man for FC Sion.'

Constantin wasted little time in finding his 23rd right man for the job, presenting Pierre-Albert 'Gabet' Chapuisat as Schaellibaum's successor.

The father of former Swiss striker Stephane Chapuisat was formerly the coach of third division side FC Malley.

Despite their recent lack of away form, newly-promoted Sion remain third in the Swiss top division, three points behind leaders and defending champions FC Zurich.