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By ESPN Staff

Thun sack coach, despite European success

BERN, Switzerland, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Thun have sacked the trainer who steered the tiny Swiss club to a shock place in this season's Champions League.

The club announced on its website on Monday that Urs Schoenenberger would be "released immediately due to irreconcilable differences."

The 46-year-old coach was brought in to replace popular local figure Hanspeter Latour in January 2004 and succeeded in taking the team to an unprecedented second place finish in the Swiss league.

Despite operating on an annual budget of just SFr5.5 million, the club went on to qualify for the Champions League after knocking out Dynamo Kiev and Malmo.

Schoenenberger's men then acquitted themselves surprisingly well in the competition itself -- finishing third in thqeir four-team group to earn themselves a UEFA Cup spot.

Domestic performances were not so impressive however -- the club noted in its Monday statement that the team has won just three of its last 12 matches.

Assistant coach Adrian Kunz will now take charge of the side for their UEFA Cup match on Thursday against SV Hamburg.

As well as being without Schoenenberger, the Swiss team will be missing Champions League striker Mauro Lustrinelli and left-back Jose Goncalves -- both of whom were sold by the club last month.