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With today's start of the Playoff Final, the question arises: Do La Chaux-de-Fonds or Langenthal actually want to play in the National League?

Does Langenthal want to be a National League team already?

In the case of SC Langenthal, success comes a bit early, the Berner Zeitung writes. The club is in a transition phase, a new arena will only be available in six to eight years, and their leadership is changing with Stephan Anliker stepping down as the president of their board of directors and Kevin Schläpfer taking over as team manager next season.

For CEO Gian Kämpf only one thing is sure at the moment in case of a successful series against La Chaux-de-Fonds: "We would play the League Qualification," he says to the Berner Zeitung. "I'm not going to say more about this at the moment."

Also for HC La Chaux-de-Fonds, a promotion to the National League would be a major challenge, especially in terms of money. According to the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, their budget is currently a bit less than CHF 5 million. HCC's president Alain Dubois believes that they would have to increase the budget to CHF 13 million - in addition to constructional modifications in their arena.

Head coach Serge Pelletier would not want to comment on a possible League Qualification in an interview with La Liberté: "We're focusing on the final," he says. "Nobody thinks about Davos or Rapperswil."

( 27 March 2019 | tme )

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