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RFU in talks with no one from list of possible candidates for national team’s head coach

July 11, 16:38 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Russian Izvestia daily said earlier that RFU representatives had contacted Zenit FC coach Sergei Semak with an eye of offering him the post of the Russian national team’s head coach
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MOSCOW, July 11. /TASS/. The Russian Football Union (RFU) has a provisional list of candidates for head coach of Russia’s national football team but so far is in talks with neither of them, Russian Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Monday.

The Russian Izvestia daily said earlier that RFU representatives had contacted Zenit FC coach Sergei Semak with an eye of offering him the post of the Russian national team’s head coach.

"All that is now said in the mass media is not true. Absolutely," Mutko said. "We have a provisional list and are working on it, consulting experts. But we are in talks with no one. We have made no direct offers to any candidates, although we are running out of time already."

Following Russia’s 0-3 defeat to Wales, team’s Head Coach Leonid Slutsky told a news conference right after the match that someone else should take his place at the helm of the national squad. A week later he officially announced his resignation.

Slutsky is also the head coach of the Russian CSKA Moscow football club, which he guided to the champion’s title in several seasons since taking charge of the club in October 2009. He was named in May the country’s best coach after CSKA Moscow won the champion’s title in the Russian Football Premier League’s 2016/2016 season tournament.

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