Russia coach Leonid Slutsky resigns after Euro 2016 exit
By Mark Crellin
Last Updated: 25/06/16 4:26pm
Leonid Slutsky has resigned as coach of Russia after the 2018 World Cup hosts failed to qualify for the knock-out stages at Euro 2016.
Slutsky wanted to step down after Monday's 3-0 defeat to Wales confirmed Russia's elimination but was offered time to reconsider.
However, Vitaly Mutko, who is the head of the Russian soccer union and the country's sports minister, confirmed on Saturday that Slutsky will concentrate solely on coaching club side CSKA Moscow.
"Today we agreed that he will leave the head coach role," said Mutko, who added that Slutsky will continue "to share his knowledge" with the national team.
Russia salvaged a 1-1 draw from their Euro 2016 opener against England thanks to an injury-time goal but were then beaten 2-1 by Slovakia, and were 2-0 down inside 20 minutes against Wales before going on to suffer a 3-0 defeat, which ensured they finished bottom of Group B.