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Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Cherchesov replaces Fedotov at Spartak

MOSCOW, June 19 (Reuters) - Spartak Moscow on Tuesday sacked coach Vladimir Fedotov and replaced him with former goalkeeper Stanislav Cherchesov following a string of poor results.

Spartak, Russia's most successful club with nine league titles since 1992, have not won for five matches, losing three and drawing two to slump from first to fourth place.

Cherchesov, who was named Spartak's sporting director last June, becomes the club's seventh coach in less than four years.

During that time Spartak, who have one of the biggest budgets in Russia, have not won a trophy.

Cherchesov, 43, has had a successful playing career, helping Spartak to four league titles and also represented Russia at the 1994 World Cup and Euro'96. He also played for Dynamo Dresden in Germany and Austria's Tirol Innsbruck.

Former Soviet striker Fedotov, 64, was appointed Spartak coach in April 2006, replacing Latvian Alexander Starkov.

He led Spartak to the runners-up finish last year but has been considered too soft and lenient dealing with the players.

His image was also tarnished when Spartak were forced to use the Moscow underground for a Champions League match against Inter Milan last November which they lost 1-0 after conceding a goal in the first minute.

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