Dynamo Moscow coach quits ahead of Dundee United clash
DUNDEE United are facing a trip into the unknown on Thursday in the wake of the announcement last night that Dynamo Moscow have parted ways with their manager.
Sergei Silkin resigned as coach of the Tannadice club’s Europa League second-leg qualifier opponents a day after his team suffered a 4-0 thrashing by city rivals Spartak in a Russian Premier League derby.
“I had already spoken with the club’s bosses and we agreed it would be better if I step down,” Silkin said.
“Yesterday’s match showed the team needs a new direction.”
Dmitry Khokhlov, Silkin’s assistant last season, was named caretaker coach, Dynamo said in a brief statement on their website.
Former Russia internationalist Khokhlov will make his debut against United in Thursday’s match, with the SPL side needing to take the initiative after the first leg finished 2-2 at Tannadice last week.
Silkin, 51, a long-serving Dynamo assistant coach who was promoted to the top job in April last year, became the first coaching casualty in the top flight three weeks into the season. Sunday’s defeat left Dynamo bottom of the league after losing their first three games. They have also failed to score a goal while conceding seven.
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