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Who'll Be Russia's New Coach?
July 31, 2015 23:18

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Russia’s Sports Minister promised the nation would learn the name of the national football team coach by Monday. So who could it be? Russia-IC will share some hints with you.
Until recently, the favorite was CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutsky. Russia-IC reported that he has been expected to be named Russia’s national team coach any time now. According to the daily Sport Express, Slutsky will keep his job as the CSKA Moscow coach.
It was also reported that an agreement has been reached with the club owner, Evgeny Giner, who is known as a tough man in football circles.
The candidacy has also been approved by the Kremlin, Sport Express cites its source as saying.
However, on Tuesday, CSKA Moscow put on a disappointing performance in a key qualifier against Sparta Prague as the Russian pundits expected nothing but success from a coach tipped to become Fabio Capello’s successor.
Sparta tied the game twice under a hard rain, both times within minutes of the goals scored by Alan Dzagoyev and Zoran Tosic.
Slutsky has stayed with CSKA since October 2009 and won the Premier League five times.
But it now appears the scales have tipped towards Alexander Borodyuk, 52, who has kept a low profile ever since he joined the staff of the national football team in 2002. He worked as coach assistant to Guus Hiddink and Dick Advocaat. Later he helped legendary Moscow club Torpedo get back into the top league.
His main advantage is that he’s a free man, unlike Slutsky who is in charge of an elite team with ambitions in the Champions League that could distract him from the national interests.
Many leading coaches and experts are in favour of Borodyuk, who refused to comment on the situation saying he’s not in Moscow.
Whoever gets picked, the next man at the helm would have a daunting task facing him. Fabio Capello also ruined Russia’s chances to earn a berth at Euro 2016.
Capello left but his compensation has been enormous. It will reportedly be paid out in several installments, says Sovetsky Sport. According to the sports daily, the bonus for early dismissal totals 20 million euro.
Russia was not able to slim it down but managed to get permission for it to be disbursed in several tranches, the daily quotes a source as saying.
Fabio Capello was fired as national team coach earlier in July. After a lackluster performance against Austria, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko admitted the situation with football in Russia is so desperate that he was ready to take part in the elections of the Russian Football Union. He also told journalists the decision on Capello has been taken. He did not disclose what that decision is, but he promised to make it public by the end of June.
Earlier, Mutko insisted he would not step down as Sports Minister to head the Russian Football Union. According to him, he is the coordinator in charge of the 2018 World Cup to be hosted by Russia so he has to stay in the job to maintain overall control of the project.
The head of the Russian Football Union was voted out of office after repeated scandals, including over Capello's pay.
Earlier Russia-IC reported that the head of the Russian Football Union was fined over the Fabio Capello pay delay.
Rostrud, the governmental labor watchdog, slapped a 4,000 rouble fine on Nikolay Tolstykh, and a 40,000 rouble fine on the union for failing to comply with the Labor Code. According to the Russian law, they are the employer for the coach of the national team.
Earlier, Russia-IC reported that UEFA President Michel Platini came to Moscow to resolve the Capello pay issue, according to
The FIFA 2018 World Cup Preliminary Draw has taken place in Konstantin Palace in Saint Petersburg last Saturday.
Earlier, Russia-IC reported that FC Zenit St Petersburg coach Andre Villas-Boas did not allow Hulk to take part in the ceremony ahead of the season’s second match against current table leader FC Ural on Sunday.
The FIFA 2018 World Cup Preliminary Draw was expected to be watched by 95 million people across 170 countries, according to the organizers.
Hulk was supposed to be on the lineup of VIP guests like Ronaldo, Fabio Cannavaro, Alexander Kerzhakov, Rinat Dasaev, Oliver Bierhoff, Diego Forlan, and Samuel Eto’o.

They helped the FIFA Secretary General, Jérôme Valcke, in deciding the fates of teams from five of the six confederations participating in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. “This team will also be joined by the captain of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup winning team – Predrag Rajkovic, from Serbia – and by the captain of the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup,” says a press release on FIFA’s website. 

Author: Mikhail Vesely


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