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Coach Berdyev leaves Rostov role

Kurban Berdyev has stepped down as Rostov coach ahead of the play-off tie against Ajax, with Dmitri Kirichenko taking over as his replacement on a temporary basis.

Kurban Berdyev has left Rostov
Kurban Berdyev has left Rostov ©Getty Images

Coach Kurban Berdyev has left Rostov ahead of their play-off against Ajax, with Dmitri Kirichenko named as his temporary replacement.

"Ahead of the evening training session Kurban Berdyev said goodbye to the team," said the Russian club in a statement. "Berdyev told the board before the season that he would leave regardless of the result in the [UEFA Champions League] third qualifying round."

Berdyev made a name for himself with Rubin Kazan, and had been in charge at Rostov since December 2014. Rostov finished second in last season's Russian Premier league, earning a place in the UEFA Champions League, and beat Anderlecht 4-2 on aggregate in the third qualifying round to set up the Ajax tie.