MOSCOW, December 8. /TASS/. Dutch football club Vitesse Arnhem denied on Thursday earlier media reports that Leonid Slutsky, a former head coach of CSKA Moscow FC, will be the new coach of the Dutch club.
Britain’s Daily Mail reported earlier on Thursday that after seven seasons with CSKA Moscow FC Slutsky was likely to move to Vitesse Arnhem, which is owned by Russian oligarch Alexander Chigirinsky.
"This is not true," the press service of the Dutch football club told TASS on Thursday.
CSKA press service announced on Tuesday night that Slutsky made a decision to leave his post after the club’s Champions League match against Tottenham FC on Wednesday. CSKA lost the match 1-3.
A source close to the situation told TASS on Tuesday that Belarusian expert Viktor Goncharenko will replace Slutsky in the post of the club’s head coach. There was no official confirmation of this information as of yet.
Founded in 1911, CSKA Moscow FC won a total of seven titles of the former-Soviet top league tournaments, clinched six RFPL titles and won the 2004/2005 UEFA Cup.
Football club’s Head Coach Slutsky, 45, was named in May this year the country’s best coach after CSKA Moscow won the champion’s title in the Russian Football Premier League’s 2016/2016 season tournament.
On August 7, 2015, the RFU announced that Slutsky was appointed the head coach of the national team in place of previous Italian specialist Fabio Capello. The announcement followed Russia’s 0-1 defeat to Austria in the 2016 Euro Cup qualifier in Moscow in June 2015. The defeat put Russia’s chances of qualifying for the European football championship almost to zero.
Slutsky, however, managed to guide the national team to victories in all remaining qualifying matches of the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup starting with 1-0 victory over Sweden on September 5 and earned the spot for Russia in Europe’s main football tournament.
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 the Last 16, returning 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.