Clausen resigns as Sion coach halfway through cup match

Updated: October 2, 2006, 6:00 AM ET

By Mark Ledsom

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Oct 2 - Former World Cup winner Nestor Clausen resigned as coach of Swiss joint league leaders FC Sion halfway through a cup match on Sunday, the club said on Monday.

A statement on the club's official Web site announced that the 44-year-old Argentine had stepped down during halftime of Sunday's Swiss Cup match at second division Chaux-de-Fonds.

Sion, who are currently joint top of the league, were trailing 1-0 at that point but went on to win 3-1 thanks to a second-half hat-trick from top scorer Sanel Kuljic.

Clausen, a member of Argentina's 1986 World Cup-winning squad, told the Web site he did not want to comment on the reasons for his departure.

Under president Christian Constantin, Sion have gained a reputation for rapidly changing their coaches.

Clausen came to the club in the summer as a replacement for Christophe Moulin, who decided to leave despite steering the club to promotion and the Swiss Cup last season.

"I only heard of the decision by Clausen at the same time as the players," Constantin said on Monday.

"We shook hands after the match but I have not heard anything from him since."

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