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Romantsev returns at Saturn

Former Russia coach Oleg Romantsev has taken charge of FC Saturn Ramenskoye, replacing Vitaliy Shevchenko.

Three-year deal
Shevchenko was dismissed following Sunday's 3-1 defeat by FC Krylya Sovietov Samara, which left Saturn sixth in the 16-side Premier-Liga, nine points behind leaders PFC CSKA Moskva with five games remaining. Romantsev, who has already signed a three-year contract, parted company with FC Spartak Moskva in June after 15 years with the club and nine title wins.

World Cup exit
The 49-year-old also guided Russia to the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals in Korea/Japan but was sacked after his team failed to progress from the first round. Romantsev will be Saturn's fourth coach since the club entered the top flight in 1999.

Good reputation
Shevchenko took over at Saturn in the close season after leaving top-flight rivals FC Torpedo Moskva. Just a month ago, Aksakov praised Shevchenko's work after Saturn moved up to second in the league, four points off the lead. "Finally, we have found a coach we were looking for quite a long time, a real professional, who knows his job well," he said.