The Russians have decided the national football team needs a new direction and has appointed Stanislav Cherchesov as manager.
The 52-year-old is a former international goalkeeper, previous winning coach at both Spartak and Dynamo Moscow, and a cup and league double winner with Legia Warsaw this season.
“The first thing that should be done – this I know for sure – is to stop whining and underestimating ourselves. The second thing that should be done – is to get back to a certain level of dignity and self-respect and to evaluate and position ourselves realistically. And that’s where we will be coming from,” he said.
The Russians are still smarting from their tepid Euro 2016 performance which saw them exit at the first stage, bottom of their group, and which forced former coach Leonid Slutskiy to resign speaking of his “disappointment”.
Russia is already qualified as host nation for the 2018 World Cup, and next face Turkey in an away friendly at the end of the month.