Steaua settle for Protasov

Romanian champions FC Steaua Bucuresti have named former USSR striker Oleg Protasov as their new coach.

Athens negotiations
The 41-year-old Ukrainian agreed a two-season contract today after talks in Athens with Steaua executive president Mihai Stoica. He will be presented to the press on Monday.

'A well-run club'
Protasov was in charge of Olympiacos CFP during the 2003/04 campaign before leading Cypriot side AEL Limassol FC for three months of the season just ended. "Steaua are a well-run club with some very good players," said Protasov, a veteran of the 1986 and 1990 FIFA World Cups and a UEFA European Championship runner-up in 1988.

Zenga casualty
He replaces caretaker coach Dumitru Dumitriu, who had succeeded the sacked Walter Zenga for the championship run-in. Steaua had been expected to appoint a Romanian coach but the leading candidates were unavailable for the post. Protasov is unlikely to have influential midfielder Dorinel Munteanu at his disposal with the 36-year-old set to become player-coach at CFR Cluj.