Tuesday, 11th March, 2014

Zenit St. Petersburg have parted company with Italian coach Luciano Spalletti.

The former Roma boss leaves his post with immediate effect and is replaced by former Russia midfielder Sergey Semak as interim coach.

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Spalletti has enjoyed a hugely successful four years at Zenit, leading the club to two Premier League titles and one Russian Cup.

However, Zenit's demand for progress in Europe to go alongside domestic achievement was never fulfilled.


Indeed, Spalletti could only lead Zenit through to the Round of 16, in which they currently find themselves 4-2 down to Borussia Dortmund after a first leg on home soil.

Of late Zenit's form has grown markedly worse and Spalletti has presided over a run of just one win in eleven competitive games.

The Italian's last match in charge came on Sunday against Tom Tomsk, a 0-0 draw.

Nevertheless, Spalletti leaves Zenit sitting second in the league and just two points off leaders Lokomotiv Moscow.

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