Rakhimov named Lokomotiv Moscow coach

December 6, 2007

MOSCOW, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Former Russia international Rashid Rakhimov has been named coach of Lokomotiv Moscow, the Russian premier league side said on Thursday.

Rakhimov, 42, replaces Anatoly Byshovets, who was sacked last month after Lokomotiv endured 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.

Caretaker coach Rinat Bilyaletdinov took over from Byshovets last month but was dismissed when Lokomotiv were eliminated from the UEFA Cup following a 2-0 defeat at Panathinaikos on Wednesday.

Tajikistan-born Rakhimov is regarded as one of Russia's top young coaches after guiding modest Amkar Perm to eighth place on the same number of points as Lokomotiv last season.

After finishing his playing career in Austria in 2002, the former defender coached Admira Wacker and Amkar Perm.