Russia appoint Stanislav Cherchesov as head coach until 2018

Russia appoint former national goalkeeper and Legia Warsaw boss Stanislav Cherchesov as the country's new head coach until after the 2018 World Cup.

Former Russia goalkeeper Stanislav Cherchesov has been named as the new head coach of the 2018 World Cup hosts.

The 52-year-old former Legia Warsaw boss takes the job vacated by Leonid Slutsky after Russia's early exit from Euro 2016.

"There were four candidates to choose from for the position of head coach - Cherchesov, Kurban Berdyev, Sergei Semak and Alexander Borodyuk," Russian Football Union president Vitaly Mutko said.

"We spoke with all of them. We came to the decision that Cherchesov fits the criteria best of all."

Cherchesov's contract runs until after the World Cup, and his first match in charge of Russia will be a friendly against Turkey on August 31 in Antalya.

Leonid Slutsky looks on prior to the Euro 2016 Group B match between Russia and Wales on June 20, 2016
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