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Slutskiy succeeds Capello as new Russia coach

07 August 2015, 12:08

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 (www.rfs.ru).

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 roles.

"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 (www.pfc-cska.com).

"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.

Also read: Russia finally sack Capello

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.

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