After completing the Euro, Petkovic asks to leave Switzerland


Posted on: Monday, July 26, 2021 – 4:46 PM | Last update: Monday, July 26, 2021 – 4:46 PM

The Swiss Football Association confirmed on Monday that the coach of his country’s national team, Vladimir Petkovic, asked to be relieved of his position in order to supervise the technical management of French club Bordeaux..

“On the afternoon of Sunday 25 July, the Bordeaux sporting director called our national team manager, Pierluigi Tammy, to inform him of the club’s interest in our national coach,” the Swiss federation wrote on its Twitter account.

The Swiss federation said in a second tweet: “Talks are ongoing between the parties involved. Petkovic currently has a contract with the Swiss Federation that will be automatically extended until the end of 2022 if he succeeds in leading the national team to the World Cup. The Swiss Federation has no further statements to make at the moment.”

And the Swiss newspaper “Blick” revealed this morning about Bordeaux’s interest in Petkovic’s services, according to Vinicio Fioranelli, “a close friend of the Swiss coach for years as a business agent and friend.” “Yes, it is true that Vladimir Petkovic asked to be released from the termination of his contract,” Fioranelli said.

She explained that Bordeaux club had contacts less than ten days ago with the 57-year-old coach, who is seen as the main architect of the success of the Swiss national team.

The Swiss team starred remarkably in the last European Cup by removing the world champion France from the final price 5-4 on penalties (original and extra time 3-3), before narrowly exiting the quarter-finals and penalty shootouts against Spain 1-3 (original and extra time 1 -1).

But the newspaper highlighted that it is not certain that the Swiss Football Association will abandon the services of its Croatian-Bosnian-born coach, who has supervised his training since 2014.

“The question is still open, because it is very likely that the Swiss Confederation will accept only in exchange for financial compensation,” she added.

Fioranelli presented the details of the Swiss coach’s current contract by saying, “When Vladimir Petkovic extended his contract, for a new term until the end of the 2022 World Cup, the termination clause was set by a joint agreement stipulating that the coach could move to a high-level tournament, that is, in Germany, England or Italy, Spain or France, for a symbolic sum. However, he was assured that no obstacle would be placed in his way if he received such an offer.”

For its part, the newspaper continued, that the Swiss business agent “said that Petkovic’s request to leave was initially rejected” by the Swiss Football Federation, noting that the contract negotiated with Bordeaux extends for three years.

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