Zenit coach Spalletti among Russia job candidates

Zenit Saint Petersburg coach, Luciano Spalletti, may take Dick Advocaat’s place when he quits the Russian national team after Euro 2012.

­According to Sovetsky Sport newspaper, Russian coaches Yury Krasnozhan and Nikolay Pisarev are also among the candidates for the job.

Former Roma boss, Luciano Spalletti, took charge of Zenit in 2011, leading the St Pete side to two Russian Premier League titles, with the latest success coming this weekend.

The 53-year-old Italian also guided his team to victory in the Russian Cup and their first ever appearance in the UEFA Champions League playoffs.

Yury Krasnozhan is considered to be one of the most talented Russian coaches, but his career reputation was marred by two strange firings in a row.   

The 48-year-old was sacked from Lokomtiv Moscow in June last year for making “deliberate mistakes”, and this winter he parted ways with Anzhi without playing a single official game with the club.

He currently works in the Russia’s second national team, which is aimed at finding new players for the main squad.

Russia Under-21s squad are currently topping their Euro 2013 qualifying under Nikolay Pisarev.

The 43-year-old is just taking his first steps in coaching, with his previous job being with Russia’s beach soccer team, whom he led to a EuroLeague win in 2009.

Team Russia’s current boss, Dick Advocaat, decided not to prolong his contract with the national team after Euro 2012.

It was already announced that the 64-year-old will take charge of Dutchman side PSV Eindhoven after this summer’s event.

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