Valeri Gazzaev has resigned as Russia coach after a 2-1 home defeat against Israel in a friendly last night, a spokesman for the Russian Football Union (RFU) said on Thursday.
"Koloskov accepted his resignation," Andrei Tarabrin told Reuters, in a reference to RFU president Viacheslav Koloskov. The identity of the country's new coach is expected to be known in the next few weeks. Gazzaev's assistant coach Alexander Borodyuk, a former Soviet international, has been tipped as a potential successor.
Gazzaev, 49, replaced Oleg Romantsev as national coach in July 2002 following Russia's FIFA World Cup elimination. After presiding over an excellent start to the country's UEFA EURO 2004 campaign - including a 4-2 win against the Republic of Ireland - subsequent defeats against Albania and Georgia have left Russia third in Group 10, five points behind leaders Switzerland and three behind Ireland, with three matches remaining.
Earlier this month Gazzaev, who also coaches Russian Premier League leaders PFC CSKA Moskva, saw CSKA knocked out of the UEFA Champions League in the second qualifying round by F.Y.R. Macedonia's FK Vardar.
'Lacking any will to win'
After last night's loss against the Israelis, Gazzaev said: "There's no need to talk about the match, it was a shameful, disgusting performance by our team tonight. The players were totally lacking any will to win, so I told them in the locker room, 'If you play like that I'm no longer your coach'."
For me is good news...
only one stupid
like him don't called Mostovoi and Karpin