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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yartsev Quits Russia Post With His Boss' Blessing

MTGeorgy Yartsev
Georgy Yartsev resigned as coach of Russia's national soccer team on Monday.

Vitaly Mutko, the new president of the Russian Soccer Union, said Yartsev's resignation would be accepted.

"We will not object to that," Mutko told Ekho Mosky.

Yartsev made the move after Mutko said Saturday that he would sack the coach, who had held the post for 20 months.

Russia is in third place in its qualifying group for next year's World Cup finals in Germany.

Mutko said Saturday that a replacement would be appointed in time for the June 4 qualifier against Latvia and signaled that he could be a foreigner.

"We have people we can call on in Russia, but maybe we will tap experience in European and world football," Mutko said.

It would be the first time a foreigner has coached Russia.

Russia failed to advance past the first stage at last year's European Championship in Portugal. The team then lost 7-1 to Portugal in a World Cup qualifier in October.

Portugal and Slovakia share first place in Group Three with 14 points, while Russia has 11 points from six games.

Mutko was elected Saturday, replacing Vyacheslav Koloskov, who stepped down after 25 years in the job. Mutko will serve three years before new elections.