Lokomotiv Moscow sack coach Byshovets

November 12, 2007

MOSCOW, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Lokomotiv Moscow sacked coach Anatoly Byshovets on Monday one day after ending the most disappointing season in their recent history.

Despite having one of the biggest budgets in Russian soccer, the railway side finished in seventh place, their worst showing since 1992 when the Russian championship was founded after the break-up of the Soviet Union.

The Russian premier league club named reserve trainer Rinat Bilyaletdinov as their caretaker coach.

Byshovets became the second high-profile coach in Russia's top flight to lose his job in two days after Leonid Slutsky parted company with FK Moscow despite leading them to fourth place, their best ever finish.

Byshovets was appointed a year ago with the goal of finishing in the top two that would have guaranteed them a place in the Champions League.