Russia coach to quit after Euro 2012

AFP, Monday 30 Apr 2012

Dick Advocaat revealed his quitting intentions

Dick Advocaat
Russia coach Dick Advocaat (Photo: Reuters)

Russia coach Dick Advocaat has revealed he will step down after the end of the European football championships to be co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland from June 8 to July 1.

"It's true, I will resign after the end of the European championship," local media quoted Advocaat as saying.

"I don't want to disclose the reasons for my decision but money wasn't the issue," he said. "I didn't tell the players that I'm going to resign but I'm confident it will not affect our preparations for the Euro.

"We'll all do our best to perform well at the championships."

The 64-year-old Dutchman took over in 2010 from compatriot Guus Hiddink, who led Russia to the Euro 2008 semi-finals. Advocaat had signed a two-year deal with an option to extend for another two years.

Reports said that Advocaat has already received offers from clubs including Dutch league giants PSV Eindhoven, where he worked from 1995-98, and Russian top-flight side Dynamo Moscow, who are battling for a spot in the Champions League next year.

The Russian Football Union (RFU) refused to comment on the case.

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