Sergei Aleinikov has become the first coaching casualty of the Russian season after he was sacked by basement club FC Torpedo-Metallurg Moskva.
The 41-year-old Belarussian coach has made way for Valentin Ivanov, who was a consultant with the club this season. Ivanov's assistant will be Sergei Shavlo, who was previously coach of Torpedo-Metallurg's reserve side. In the meantime, the club has announced that Aleinikov will take charge of the reserve side instead of Shavlo.
"It is better to take care of the reserves than to become unemployed," said Aleinikov. "I hope that for me as a young coach that to work with such an authority as Valentin Ivanov will bring me experience and understanding of football in Russia. My main mistake was that I was too soft with the players. I should have been tougher with them.
"The team does not have enough quality players," added Aleinikov. "It is hard to compete with the best clubs in the Russia with such a squad. Attack is our weakest point, only four goals in eight games says it all. We need to reinforce the attack if we are to do better." Ivanov, who was formerly coach of FC Torpedo Moskva, will make his Torpedo-Metallurg debut against FC Krylya Sovetov Samara on 17 May.
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