KRASNODAR, November 12. /TASS/. The Russian national team will need a coach free from club work after the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup, Leonid Slutsky, who recently took the squad’s helm, told TASS on Thursday.
Slutsky currently combines the work at the national team with his position of FC CSKA Moscow head coach.
He said the national team does not need a coach combining posts after 2016 when preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will begin.
"Many friendly matches, the Confederations Cup will take place. The schedule will be very tight," Slutsky said. "Russia will not play in qualifiers but the coach will be fully busy with friendly matches."
He said he currently saw no problems with combining two posts.
"The Russian team will play two friendly matches in November. There will be games in March and then we will start preparations for the 2016 Euro Cup after the end of the Russian championship," the coach said.
Slutsky said he had not yet discussed with Sports Minister and Russian Football Union President Vitaly Mutko his work with the national team after the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup.
"I am not going to discuss this before the Cup. Only after the championship," he said. "There were cases in Russian history when a long-term contract with some coach was signed before an important football event and then one of the sides was unhappy with something."
"I think the most honest attitude is when your current work is assessed and any decision is made on this basis," Slutsky added.
Leonid Slutsky, the head coach of the Russian national football team, told TASS on Thursday he would start getting salary at the Russian Football Union (RFU) after signing the contract.
"No, the conditions will be different. I’ll have a contract and salary at the RFU," Slutsky said in reply to the question if he would continue his work with the national squad on previous conditions.
Slutsky, who took the helm of the national football team in August, keeps working as FC CSKA Moscow head coach and has so far received no salary from the RFU. He was supposed to get a bonus if the national team qualified for the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup in France.
Slutsky managed to guide the national team to victories in all matches under his management starting with 1-0 victory over Sweden on September 5. He will combine his posts of the national team’s head coach and the coach of the CSKA Moscow until the end of the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup to be held between June 10 and July 10 in France.
Slutsky said his contract with the RFU had not been signed so far. "Let me say, we’ve discussed everything and some technical issues remain, but they are not very substantial," he said.