- Andreas ‘Samuelsson’ Samuelsson moves from Team Director to Head Coach
- Jimmy ‘Jumpy’ Berndtsson’s contract will not be extended
During the announcement that Richard ‘Xizt’ Landström and Simon ‘twist’ Eliasson were moving to the bench back in August, we explained that making changes were necessary in bringing the Black and Orange back to where we belong.
Although, since Jumpy joined us as head coach in 2016 after the Major in Cologne, we’ve regained the heights of winning IEM Katowice and WESG in 2018, our performances have not reflected the legacy we had created ever since joining Counter-Strike in 2005.
Samuelsson has worked as management for the CS:GO team since August 2017, when he was promoted from Fnatic Academy, where he had acted as head coach since May 2016. In that time, he’s worked directly with backroom staff to create a process for long-term success in Counter-Strike. Now, more than ever, he will work directly with the team to enter a new era.
With our next event, DreamHack Malmö, coming up on 1st October, we will soon be making further announcements concerning support staff and playing roster.
Andreas ‘Samuelsson’ Samuelsson, Fnatic CS:GO Head Coach, stated:
“I’m delighted to be appointed to one of the finest jobs in esport.
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 - as well 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!”
Jimmy ‘Jumpy’ Berndtsson, former Fnatic CS:GO Head Coach:
“I want to thank Fnatic and all of the players that I’ve worked with in the last three years. I wish them all the best of luck in their futures.
Frankly, in recent memory at Fnatic, we've struggled to find the necessary consistency for what our goals required and the most recent tournaments were perhaps our weakest ever.
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!
For any enquiries please contact me at [email protected]”