Fnatic LoL: Coaching Staff Changes
Posted 2017-03-20 Lepertum
Today we are announcing the departure of Nicholas "NicoThePico" Korsgård as the Head Coach of the Fnatic League of Legends squad. Meanwhile, Team Manager Finlay “Quaye” Stewart will take on the role of interim coach until a replacement is found. Finlay will work closely with our analysts and additional remote coaches to make sure our players have the support they need, even during this transition period.
Nicholas "NicoThePico" Korsgård
After joining Fnatic at the end of Summer Split 2016, I got the chance to build a new roster together with the FNC management for the upcoming season. We started off looking good and had apparent synergy and meshed well together, both in and out of game. As time went on we started facing challenges on the inside. As a result, problems occurred that I could not foresee beforehand and fix in due time.
As I have been unable to provide the needed remedy, I feel that someone else with an outside perspective on the team and its issues, in both draft and gameplay, might be a better solution than what I was able to provide. I’ve decided to step down as Head Coach of FNC effective immediately.
Since joining Fnatic in July 2016, I’ve had the joy of working alongside some truly incredible players and staff. I have nothing but respect and gratitude towards FNC for the time I’ve spent here, and I am sure you’ll be able to bounce back into greatness! It saddens me to end the journey here, even if it was a rough one, I loved every minute of every day.
Finlay "Quaye" Stewart
Moving forward, I will be taking over coach position for the LCS team until a suitable replacement is found. We are in search of such candidates and will look to integrate them as best as possible without disturbing the team environment. Our Challenger team manager, Michael “Garki” Bolze will take over many of my responsibilities as manager while I work more closely with the team.
I am of the belief that we have a truly talented group of players capable of far more than where we currently sit in the standings. I will do my best to give the players a better structure and the resources needed to succeed. Together with remote coaches, analysts and our players, we will make sure to give ourselves the best chance at playoffs and making it to Hamburg. The situation is far from ideal but we strongly believe that we are moving in the right direction.
I'd like to thank Nico for all his hard work and wish him the best of luck in the future.
Making adjustments like this between two weeks of play is never optimal but we do believe this is in the team’s best interest. We are quickly moving toward the final three matches of the regular split and our goal is to secure a playoffs spot as third in our group.
We will provide updates on the coaching staff as soon as we have new information to share.
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