Leonid Slutsky offers to leave role as Russia coach after Wales defeat
By Richard Morgan
Last Updated: 21/06/16 1:56pm
Russia coach Leonid Slutsky has offered to leave his position following his side's 3-0 defeat to Wales in their final match at Euro 2016.
Russia needed to beat Wales at the Stadium Municipal and hope that England also managed to get the better of Slovakia in Saint-Etienne in the night's other game to ensure a top-two finish.
However, Russia were beaten 3-0 to finish bottom of the group having collected just a solitary point from their three fixtures.
And even that only came thanks to an injury-time header from captain Vasili Berezutski in their opening game with England, with Russia's other match ending in a 2-1 defeat to Slovakia.
Slutsky only took over the national team from previous coach Fabio Capello in August 2015, with the 45-year-old going on to win all of his qualifiers as Russia finished as runners-up in their group to Austria.
However, Slutsky confirmed after Russia's elimination from the tournament that a new coach would now prepare the team to host the World Cup in 2018, with the former CSKA Moscow manager's contract only running until the end of Euro 2016.
"After a tournament like this you need someone else in charge," Slutsky said after the full-time whistle in Toulouse.
"First, we need to change the head coach," he continued, when asked how Russia can prepare for the World Cup on home soil.
"I have to take full responsibility. I had time to prepare and find players and if we weren't able to succeed, it's definitely my mistake."