Moscow - CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutskiy has been put in
charge of the Russian national team on a short-term deal succeeding Fabio
Capello, the country's football association said on Friday.
Slutskiy has signed a contract until the end of their Euro
2016 qualifying campaign, the Russian Football Union said on its website
The 44-year-old, the first Russian coach of the national
team since Alexander Borodyuk was in temporary charge in 2006, will continue to
coach CSKA Moscow after his club gave him the go-ahead to combine the two
"The heads of Russian football got in contact with our
club to ask if I would be able to take over as the head of the national team
for the next four months," Slutskiy told CSKA Moscow's official website
"Given the difficult situation the national team find
themselves in, it was impossible for me to turn down this offer."
"Of course it will not be easy, but I am grateful that
they have put faith in me...I will be giving everything to make sure the team
prepares well for the final Euro 2016 qualifiers," Slutskiy added.
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Slutskiy had earlier coached Olimpia Volgograd, Uralan
Elista, FC Moscow and Krylia Sovetov Samara before taking over CSKA in 2009.
Russia had been looking for a head coach since Capello was
sacked in July. The Italian led Russia to their first World Cup in 12 years
after taking them to Brazil.
However, the team failed to win a match at the 2014 World
Cup and crashed out at the group stages.
"On more than one occasion we said that at the moment a
Russian coach should be in charge of the national team," sport minister
Vitaly Mutko said.
"Considering the successful and effective work Leonid
Slutskiy did at CSKA, I think that it should be him who has the qualities necessary
to help the country qualify for the Euro 2016 finals," he added.
Russia are currently third in their Euro 2016 qualifying
group G, with eight points from six matches. Their next match is against Sweden
on Sept 5 in Moscow.For
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