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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Syomin Named Yartsev's Successor

APYury Syomin
Lokomotiv Moscow coach Yury Syomin is to take over Russia's national team, the head of the country's soccer union said on Monday.

"Yury Syomin will be seconded to the national team and starting tomorrow will be acting as the main coach," Russian Football Union, or RFU, president Vitaly Mutko said on state television.

Syomin, who took Lokomotiv to the Russian title last year, replaces Georgy Yartsev.

Yartsev resigned earlier this month after new RFU president Mutko had hinted that he would sack him.

Syomin's appointment will be reviewed in December, Mutko said.

Under Yartsev, Russia struggled in their World Cup qualifying campaign and were held 1-1 by tiny neighbor Estonia in March.

Russia is third in European Group Three, three points behind Portugal and Slovakia halfway through the campaign.

Syomin was assistant to two national coaches in the 1990s, combining those jobs with his Lokomotiv role.

Mutko added at the news conference that Syomin would play no further part in the coaching setup at Lokomotiv and would devote all his energies to securing Russia a place in the World Cup finals next year.

"There will be no simultaneous employment [with Russia and Lokomotiv]. As of tomorrow [Tuesday], Lokomotiv will have a new manager.

"If the trainer of the national team wants results, he should concentrate entirely on this team," added Vyacheslav Fetisov, the head of the Federal Agency for Physical Culture and Sports.

Syomin spent 16 years with Lokomotiv, winning the title twice.

Syomin took a one-year break from the club in the early 1990s to coach New Zealand's Olympic team.

As a player, he appeared for top-flight clubs, including Lokomotiv and fellow Moscow sides Spartak and Dynamo, but never represented his country.

(Reuters, MT)