Muslin to step in at Lokomotiv

FC Lokomotiv Moskva have named Serbo-Montenegrin Slavoljub Muslin, currently in charge at KSC Lokeren OV, as the first foreign coach in their history.

Two-year deal
The widely-travelled 52-year-old will take over the position left vacant by Vladimir Eshtrekov when the Belgian First Division enters its winter break from 21 December. Muslin has agreed a two-year contract, with the option of a third year. "We had a list of candidates including Muslin and decided that he suited us best," said Lokomotiv president Valeri Filatov. "Muslin almost always takes his teams to a new level, and not only the team but players as well. That is important as we have many youngsters in our squad."

Model of stability
Eshtrekov was sacked after seven months in the job following a disappointing end to the season. The 2004 Russian champions threw away an eleven-point lead, winning just two of their last ten games, to finish third behind capital rivals PFC CSKA Moskva and FC Spartak Moskva. However, the Russian side have progressed from the UEFA Cup group stage and will be in Friday's draw for the Round of 32.