Alex Weaver will become the first Englishman to coach in the Swiss Super League since Roy Hodgson, after Stoke-born 46-year-old’s promotion-winning campaign as assistant at Yverdon-Sport
- Alex Weaver helped guide Swiss side Yverdon-Sport back to the Super League
- The Englishman is now preparing for life in the Swiss top-flight next season
- Weaver will become the first Brit since Roy Hodgson to coach in the division
Alex Weaver is set to become the first Englishman to coach in the Swiss Super League since Roy Hodgson after clinching promotion as assistant manager at Yverdon-Sport.
Stoke-born Weaver, 46, coached in Singapore after a semi-pro playing career, and moved in 2016 to Switzerland.
He worked in various club academies, including Basle, where he met former Swiss international Marco Schallibaum, who became head coach of Yverdon last summer after promotion from the third tier and appointed Weaver as his assistant.
They clinched the second tier title with victory against FC Wil on Saturday, drawing instant parallels to Luton’s rise to the top against the odds in the Championship playoffs, albeit in the somewhat more picturesque surroundings of Yverdon-les-Bains on the shores of Lake Neuchatel.
Schallibaum and Weaver, who coaches in French, will now prepare for the new season starting in mid June, when they will be competing with familiar names from the Champions League, such as Basle and Young Boys.
‘It’s a big thing for a club like Yverdon,’ said Weaver. ‘They’ve been up in the top flight before but it’s been a few years.’
Alex Weaver (right) will be assistant manager in the Swiss Super League next season at Yverdon-Sport
Weaver will follow in the footsteps of Roy Hodgson (picture) by becoming the first Englishman since him to coach in the Swiss top division