Fabio Celestini is a language genius. The Romand already coached a Spanish-speaking team (assistant coach at Malaga), a French-speaking team with Lausanne and an Italian-speaking team with Lugano. Now there is a German language with FC Luzern!
Celestini will sign in Central Switzerland until 2021. He will be presented at a press conference on Friday and will also lead his first training session.
Meyer: “A clever and modern trainer”
FCL sports director Remo Meyer (39) in a media release on Celestini’s commitment: «Fabio is one of the most exciting coaches in Switzerland with an excellent track record. His previous teams had a clear handwriting and a high level of commitment – something that will be extremely important for us in the upcoming second half. Fabio Celestini is a smart and modern coach who has done a great job with the teams made available to him. »
The previous assistant, Genesio Colatrella (48), will become the new assistant. The previous assistant, Manuel Klökler (45), will leave the club immediately. In addition, Claudio Lustenberger (32), talent manager of the FCL, will be more closely involved in the work with the first team.
“Goals for the second half were at risk”
Lucerne played the full first half of the current season with coach Thomas Häberli (45), but drew the line and a few hours after the last game ended released Häberli – despite a 2-1 win over FC Basel, The reason for sport boss Meyer back then: “The goals for the second half of the season were too endangered.”
At half-time, the FCL is in 8th place, just four points away from Barrage Square, which Neuchâtel Xamax currently occupies. Can Celestini turn things around in spring?
First game at FCZ
Ernst is valid for Celestini from January 25th, then Lucerne starts at FC Zurich in the second half of the season. It will not be the first Super League game this season for the former Swiss international (35 games, 2 goals): until the end of October, he coached FC Lugano – and thus a direct competitor of FCL (6th place). In the two direct duels in the second half of the season between Lucerne and Lugano, Celestini will also know the opponents’ players in great detail. (Red)