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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Muslin Pays Price for Lokomotiv's Cup Exit

Lokomotiv football club announced Thursday that it had fired manager Slavolyub Muslin for "unsatisfactory results," a statement on the club's official web site said.

The club has replaced Muslin with Oleg Dolmatov, who resigned as the manager of Russian Premier League outsiders Shinnik several months ago.

Dolmatov is a journeyman manager best known for his spell in charge of of CSKA Moscow from 1998 to 2000. In 1998, he lead the army side to second place in the country's top division. He began his coaching career at Dynamo Stavropol in 1982.

The announcement was far from unexpected, although Lokomotiv is currently second in the Premier League, two points adrift of leaders CSKA Moscow.

The club lost 0-1 to FK Moscow last Saturday, bringing an end to an 18-game unbeaten run.

Muslin had been under pressure for some time. The final straw may have come in late September, when Lokomotiv failed to qualify for the lucrative group stage of the UEFA Cup.

Muslin's side went into the second leg of its tie with little-known Belgian side Zulte Waregem leading 2-1, and began brightly, with Scottish striker Garry O'Connor hitting the crossbar. But the Belgian side struck back with two goals while keeping a clean sheet to send Lokomotiv out of the competition.

Dolmatov was presented to the players at a training session on Thursday morning, the club's web site said.

His first game in charge is against Zenit at Petrovsky stadium in St. Petersburg on Sunday.