The Russian Football Union has appointed CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutskiy as national team coach.
His contract will run until the end of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign and he will remain as coach of CSKA, effectively combining the two jobs.
The 44-year old is regarded as one of the best coaches in Russia.
In 2010 he led CSKA to the Champions League quarter finals for the first time in the club’s history.
The Moscow club was eventually knocked out by Jose Mourihno’s Inter Milan.
It was last month that the RFU said it had ended its contract with Fabio Capello, the ex-England manager.
He took over as Russian coach in 2012, taking the team to the World Cup finals last summer in Brazil where they were knocked out in the group stages.
The team’s form has not improved since then.
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