St Petersburg team sacks Dutch football manager

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Dick Advocaat has been dismissed by Zenit St Petersburg following a run of disappointing results.

St Petersburg – Zenit St Petersburg have sacked their Dutch manager Dick Advocaat, the club announced on Monday, ahead of his planned leave to coach the Belgian national team.

The 2007 Russian champions' defeat at home to minnows Tomsk on Sunday was the last straw for the Zenit management, who decided to sack the 61-year-old former Glasgow Rangers coach.

"After a series of poor matches in the Russian league the Zenit board of directors decided to sack the club manager," the club's statement said.

"Zenit achieved a run of success under Advocaat including the 2007 domestic league title and UEFA Cup win in 2008."

"But after Advocaat decided to take over the Belgium national side the club's performance and results have seriously deteriorated. The fans and the club management are not satisfied with Zenit's current place in the table."

The Zenit statement continued, "Dick Advocaat has done a lot for the team and his name will forever be associated with the success Zenit has achieved over the past few seasons.

"Under his leadership, many new glorious pages in Zenit's history have been written and fans will never forget the title-winning season of 2007 and the team's magnificent performance in Europe in 2008.”

Dick Advocaat previously spent two periods as Dutch national coach. He has also coached the national teams of the United Arab Emirates and South Korea. His main challenge with Belgium will be to get them into the 2012 European championships.

Zenit reserve team coach Anatoly Davydov, who led Zenit to the 1999 Russian national cup, was named the club's interim coach.

AFP / Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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