Samuelsson takes over as fnatic coach
The 28-year-old will take over from Jimmy "Jumpy" Berndtsson, who ends a three-year association with fnatic after the organisation decided against extending his contract.
During his time at the helm, Jumpy guided the team to title-winning campaigns at IEM Katowice 2018, WESG 2017 and PLG Grand Slam. He also led the squad to deep runs at several other Big Events, most notably a semi-final appearance at ELEAGUE Major Atlanta.
The coaching change is the yet another step towards the new phase that fnatic are envisaging after a string of poor results that culminated in the team's exit from the Europe Minor in fourth place. Richard "Xizt" Landström and Simon "twist" Eliasson have both been moved to the bench, with the team still evaluating their options to replace the duo.
"Frankly, in recent memory at fnatic, we struggled to find the necessary consistency for what our goals required and the most recent tournaments were perhaps our weakest ever," Jumpy said in a statement.
"I love the game, I love coaching and I want to continue doing just that and now I look forward to finding a new team to work beside."
Samuelsson began his coaching career with fnatic Academy, whom he guided to the Europe Minor leading to PGL Major Krakow, in June 2017. He transitioned to a managerial role within the organisation two months later as Maikil "Golden" Selim was promoted to the main roster to replace Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer, who had agreed to join FaZe.
“I’m delighted to be appointed to one of the finest jobs in esport," the new coach said. "There’s no secret that we have had significant issues with consistency. Now, I'm looking forward to taking the lead in improving the team and the individuals - aspects extending to both in- and out-of-game - together working closely with our IGL and mental coach.
"I will begin by focusing on building a performance strategy and a clear structure to achieve our goals. I’m more than dedicated to put in the work required to achieve great success and build a new Fnatic era.
"I want to highlight that we all get on with Jimmy very well, and we separate on nothing but good terms. The reason we won't extend his contract is simply that - whilst being Head Coach since 2016 - we’ve seen mixed results and it’s of agreed belief that the team needs a new voice in the locker room. We all wish him nothing but success in the future.
"Our next event will be DreamHack in Malmö and I can’t wait to show the world what we can achieve with our new roster. Stay tuned!"
fnatic currently have:
Andreas "Samuelsson" Samuelsson (coach)
Moving from Team Director, @SamuelssonCSGO now takes the mantle as Head Coach of our CS:GO team.— FNATIC (@FNATIC) September 3, 2019
After 3 years, we say farewell to @Jumpy as his contract comes to an end.
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