Soccer-Rubin Kazan sack long-serving coach Berdyev


Dec 20 (Reuters) - Rubin Kazan have sacked long-serving coach Kurban Berdyev following the team's mediocre domestic performances this season, the Russian club said on Friday.

"The club's decided to terminate the contracts of Berdyev, general director Andrey Gromov and vice-president Kamil Iskhakov," Rubin said in a statement, adding that the club are yet to discuss nominations for new coach.

Former Turkmenistan coach Berdyev, 61, took charge at Rubin in August 2001 and led them to two Russian league titles - the Russian Cup last year and two domestic Supercups - becoming the most successful coach in the club's history.

However, the Kazan-based side are currently languishing at 11th in the league standings with 24 points from 19 games, 16 points behind leaders Zenit St Petersburg. Rubin won only five league matches this season.

Rubin will play Spain's Real Betis in the Europa League round of 32 in February. (Writing by Angel Krasimirov; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

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