FC Winterthur is setting an exclamation mark three months before the end of the season and is extending its collaboration with head coach Ralf Loose for another two years. The 58-year-old German should continue his work calmly and continue to improve the team.
When Ralf Loose took up his post in Winterthur on July 1, 2018, the club management’s mandate for the 2018/19 season was clear: the new head coach should rebuild and stabilize the team after the completely unsuccessful season (9th place, 32 points) and keep away from the relegation battle. He succeeded well: The FCW finished the first year under Loose in 4th place (56 points). In the Swiss Cup, the last sixteen against FC Basel was the final destination. Also in the second year, in the 2019/20 season, the FCW made 4th place (55 points) in a strong league with the corona virus and reached the cup semi-finals (out at FC Basel).
The current season was under a difficult star right from the start: Because of the late Cup semi-finals, FCW had to enter the championship with practically no summer break and no proper preparation. In addition, there was a one-month Corona compulsory break in autumn and a correspondingly urgent catch-up program as well as major problems with the lawn on the Schützenwiese since the end of September – with grueling back and forth for the team and a long list of injuries. Nonetheless, the team led by Ralf Loose played an excellent preliminary round (2nd place in January) and in February broke the spell against the seemingly insurmountable opponent FC Basel with a sensational 6-2 win. Some strong performances followed in the championship – including a 1-0 win over GC.
The management of FC Winterthur is convinced that Ralf Loose will continue to be the right man on the line in the future. Conversely, Ralf Loose is also convinced of the FCW and sees the potential in the club and in the surrounding area. Therefore, over Easter, both parties have extended the expiring summer contract by two years until June 30, 2023. Together, the FCW should continue to improve on a sporting level and the team’s performance should become even more constant. In addition, the club management wants to do everything possible to ensure that the framework conditions in the areas of infrastructure and finance (keyword Corona) make sporting success possible in the long term.