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EHC Biel's administrative board has decided to relieve Mike McNamara of his duties as head coach. Team manager Martin Steinegger will take over ad interim. The Swede Anders Olsson remains assistant coach.

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"The bad results coupled with the way the games were lost have led to this decision," the club announces in a statement. With 30 points out of 24 games since season start, EHC Biel is currently ranked on the seventh place in the standings.

Still according to this statement, there is mutual intention to continue working together on the level of the youth department. Discussions on this matter will be held in the coming weeks. McNamara was initially promoted to head coach ad interim in November 2016, when he replaced Kevin Schläpfer behind the Seelanders' boards. In March this year, he was then signed to a one-year contract through to the 2017-18 season.

Regarding the quest for a new head coach, the club's leadership wants to take enough time. Approached by the Bieler Tagblatt, EHCB's CEO Daniel Villard denied recent rumors that they were already actively looking for a new coach in the past few days: "A couple of coaches have contacted us, that's right. But we haven't had any conversations yet."

Last Update: 25 November 2017, 12:41 PM | rlu