Stanislav Cherchesov said "it would be irresponsible to say I'm planning to win the World Cup" after being appointed Russia coach up to the tournament on home soil in 2018.
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Russia have named Stanislav Cherchesov as the man to guide them through to the 2018 FIFA World Cup on home soil.
Cherchesov succeeds Leonid Slutski, who stepped down after Russia exited UEFA EURO 2016 at the group stage having picked up just one point in three games. He has signed a two-year deal.
"We need to stop complaining and underestimating ourselves," said Cherchesov, who counts Legia Warszawa, Dinamo Moskva and Spartak Moskva among his former employers. "I'm used to aiming for the top but it would be irresponsible to say I'm planning to win the World Cup. Our first step will be establish a side and assess where we really are at the moment."
Cherchesov will be joined by usual assistants Gintaras Stauče, Miroslav Romaschenko and Vladimir Panikov. His first games at the helm will be friendlies against Turkey on 31 August and Ghana on 6 September. His first competitive outing will be at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Cherchesov, a Russian international goalkeeper as a player, started his coaching career in Austria. He left his job at Legia this summer after guiding them to the domestic double last term.