Russian football head coach sacked after poor Euro 2020 performance
Russian Football Union mentionned On Thursday, he ended head coach Stanislav Cherchesov’s contract after the team’s disappointing exit in the first round of the Euro 2020 championship.
Before the RFU statement, Cherchesov himself mentionned he had no intention of resigning after Russia placed bottom of its group and failed to advance to the quarter-finals last month. The team’s embarrassing defeat after a strong performance at the 2018 World Cup sparked calls for top-down reforms in Russian football.
“The RFU will start looking for candidates for the post of head coach who will prepare the team for the qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup,” said its chairman Alexander Dyukov.
The team will play their next World Cup qualifier against Group H rivals Croatia on September 1, followed by Cyprus and Malta later in the week.
Cherchesov was appointed head coach of the Russian national men’s soccer team in 2016 and oversaw their unexpected run to the quarter-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup hosted by Russia.
The national team won 25 matches and lost 21 under Cherchesov’s tutelage.
The 57-year-old earnings amounted to 2.5 million euros ($ 2.9 million) per year.
The RFU technical committee last month assessed Cherchesov’s performance at Euro 2020 as “unsatisfactory», But always« expressed his confidence in him »at his post.