Poor results at the Commonwealth Cup in Moscow proved to be the death knell for the coach of Georgian champions FC Dinamo Tbilisi, Kakhaber Tskhadadze.
Tskhadadze led Dinamo to their 12th Georgian title after taking command last April, but a disappointing autumn campaign left the club third in the table. Elimination from the tournament that brings together all of the champions of all the former Soviet nations then proved the last straw for the Dinamo board.
Dinamo had been drawn against Russian champions PFC CSKA Moskva as well as Estonia's FC TVMK Tallinn and Uzbekistan's FC Paxtakor Tashkent in the opening group stage in Moscow in mid-January, but failed to progress following two defeats and a draw.
Having promised to hire a foreign coach to replace Tskhadadze, Dinamo were true to their word, bringing in 38-year-old Russian Andrei Chernyshov, who had previously led both FC Spartak Moskva and the Russia Under-21 side, on a 16-month contract.
Already in charge for two weeks before he officially signed his contract, Chernyshov's first significant act has been to take his side away to Cyprus for a winter training camp as they look to raise their game in time for the restart of the league season.
Rekhviashvili to Baku
While the domestic transfer market has been reasonably quiet, some of Georgia's finest players have been making moves elsewhere, with 31-year-old international midfielder Aleksandr Rekhviashvili moving from Latvian side FK Ventspils to Azerbaijan's FK Baku on a six-month contract
Meanwhile, 27-year-old Kakhaber Mjavanadze has signed a three-year contract with Ukraine's FC Chornomorets Odesa. The defender, who has won 13 international caps, started his career at FC Dinamo Batumi but has playing in Russia, first for Spartak and latterly for FC Anzhi Makhachkala, since leaving his homeland in 2001.
Goalkeeper Nukri Revishvili has also headed for Russia, joining FC Rubin Kazan on a three-year contract after his consistent performances for FC Torpedo Kutaisi and the national youth teams saw him earn a place in the Georgian senior side. He will join fellow Georgians Lasha Salukvadze and Georgi Kinkladze at Rubin.
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