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Russian new football coach to be named by mid-August — sports minister

August 01, 15:19 UTC+3
"A number of experts asked for some additional time before giving an answer, therefore we decided to postpone the date," Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said
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Russian football players

Russian football players

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PARIS, August 1. /TASS/. A new head coach to take charge of the Russian national football team will be named within the first half of this month, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Monday.

"I believe that the name of the team’s new head coach will be announced in the first half of August," Mutko, who is also the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), told journalists.

"A number of experts asked for some additional time before giving an answer, therefore we decided to postpone the date," Mutko added.

Following its session in late July, The RFU Technical Committee issued a recommendation to appoint a national expert for the post of the Russian football team’s next head coach.

In June, the Russian national team lost to Wales 0-3 in its third group stage match of the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup and failed to qualify to the next round of Last 16 going back home instead. Ex-Head Coach Leonid Slutsky told a news conference after the match that someone else should take his place at the helm of the national squad.

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.

Playing in Group B at the Euro Cup, which kicked off on June 10, Russia ended its match against England with 1-1 draw, then lost its encounters with Slovakia and Wales (1-2 and 0-3 respectively). Having finished in the last place of the group, the Russian players, led by Slutsky, returned to Moscow.

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