PFC CSKA Moskva have parted company with Artur Jorge and are poised to bring Valeri Gazzaev back to the club.
Portuguese coach Jorge had been at the helm for just four months and leaves after failing to meet the CSKA board's expectations. Before the 2004 league campaign began, the board declared their aim of reaching the UEFA Champions League group stage and retaining the Russian league crown.
Despite a comfortable 3-0 win against FC Amkar in the last round of league matches, CSKA are in fifth place, six points behind league leaders FC Torpedo Moskva, with more than half the season gone. Therefore, the decision was made to part company with Jorge and appoint a new coach ahead of the club's Champions League second qualifying round entry next month.
Club president Yevgeni Giner has said that Gazzaev, who led the club to the Premier-Liga title last season, will be returning to his old job, although an official announcement is yet to be made.