Rostov’s mentor Valery Karpin became the head coach of the Russian national team, it is reported on the site Russian Football Union (RFU).
The contract with the specialist will be valid until December 31, 2021 – with the possibility of further extension of the agreement. Over the next six months, Karpin will combine work in the national team and the club.
Karpin said that an invitation to the national team is a great honor for him. He called the work a new crucial stage in his coaching career and added that he will try to do everything for the team to reach the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Sports journalist Vasily Utkin called the main mistake of Karpin’s appointment to the Russian national team. He believes that combining work in the national team and Rostov will hurt the coach.
Sports commentator Dmitry Guberniev, in turn, gave advice to Karpin. He urged him to leave Rostov.
Since 2017, Karpin has been the head of the Rostov football club. The highest achievement of the Rostovites under his leadership was the fifth place in the Russian Premier League (RPL) in the 2019/2020 season. Then the team advanced to the third round of the Europa League qualification, but failed to pass the Israeli Maccabi.
He also managed to work with the Spanish “Mallorca” and “Torpedo” from Armavir. Another major club in Karpin’s coaching career was Spartak Moscow: the coach led the red and whites twice, remaining in the club’s system from 2009 to 2014. He twice led the club to the silver medals of the Russian championship. In 2010, he brought the team to third place in the Champions League group stage, which gives the right to play in the subsequent Europa League.
Against the background of failure at the European Championship 2020, Stanislav Cherchesov left the post of head coach of the national team. The Russian team failed to overcome the group stage of the tournament. The RFU said that they made a joint decision to terminate the contract with the 57-year-old specialist. It was reported that the former coach of the national team refused the forfeit and thanked everyone for their support.
Cherchesov has led the team since 2016. Under his leadership, the team made it to the quarterfinals of the 2018 home world championship. At this year’s European Championships, the Russians failed to overcome the group stage, finishing last in Quartet B.