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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rostselmash Coach Resigns, Complaining of Interference

Sergei Andreyev has resigned as coach of Russian Premier League side Rostselmash Rostov, local media reported Tuesday.

"I’m tired of uncertainty," Andreyev was quoted as saying by Sport-Express newspaper. "Constant rumors and insinuations interfered [with my job], made me nervous," he said.

"I tried to push them away during the season, but afterward I thought about everything and made a final decision."

Andreyev, 44, the club’s top goalscorer in the 1980s, had coached Rostselmash since 1995 after it was promoted from the first division.

But after finishing sixth and seventh in 1998 and 1999 respectively — its best results in the top flight — the Rostov side ended in a disappointing 12th place this year.

Andreyev plans to take a break from the game, saying: "I need a timeout, I need to sort everything out. I will unplug my phone for the time being and go into hiding."

Alania to Let Keeper Go West

Alania Vladikavkaz goalkeeper Veniamin Mandrykin, one of Russia’s top young prospects, will play in Western Europe next summer, his club president said.

"Mandrykin has a contract with Alania until the end of 2001, but next summer, after the first half of the Russian season, he will go abroad," Sergei Takoyev was quoted as saying by Sport-Express newspaper. "Recently we reached a firm commitment with Mandrykin about this."

Mandrykin, 19, who has been the target of several European clubs this season, had been criticized recently by Spartak Moscow technical director Alexander Shikunov for turning down an offer from the Russian champion.

"If I were him, I would walk all the way from Vladikavkaz to Moscow for a chance to play for Spartak in the Champions League," Shikunov said last week.

"Mandrykin would not walk to Moscow," Takoyev retorted. "Since the summer we had no more offers from Spartak, therefore I can conclude that they’re no longer interested in signing him."