Spartak Moscow have appointed skilled Brit Paul Ashworth as their new sporting director, as confirmed by the Russian Premier League giants on Monday.

The information was revealed on the membership’s website and social media, with Spartak noting that Ashworth’s “glorious information of the Russian language performed an vital function” in his appointment in addition to “in depth skilled expertise.”

“We welcome Paul Ashworth and need him success in his work for the advantage of Spartak!” the membership added.

Ashworth, 52, is acquainted with Russian soccer after working in the identical function at FC Rostov in 2005. 

When supervisor Gennady Stepushkin was present process remedy, he stepped in as appearing head coach and commanded the southern Russian membership.

Ashworth’s profession has taken in assignments additional afield in Nigeria, the place he told The Athletic he was as soon as held hostage for “4 or 5 hours” by 50 younger males on the Sunshine Stars FC’s stadium, and Latvia.

His most completed work occurred in Kazakhstan as Astana’s CEO and sporting director.

In a profitable 18-month tenure, Ashworth oversaw the membership’s arrival into the Europa League, the place they achieved a historic group-stage win over Manchester United in 2019.

Ashworth’s appointment at Spartak had been anticipated in Russia after CEO Evgeny Melezhikov declared that the membership would quickly have a brand new international sports activities director.

Ten days in the past, Championat said it had spoken to sources acquainted with the scenario who advised them that Ashworth would fly to Moscow and signal a contract with one of many largest golf equipment within the nation. 

Ashworth has been unveiled within the Russian capital slightly below every week later, and at a second of common change at Spartak.

The Muscovites are probably the most profitable home workforce of all time in Russia with 22 top-tier titles, however at present lie fifth within the prime flight on 19 factors and 7 factors behind leaders and reigning champions Zenit.

Russian power firm Lukoil acquired whole management of Spartak final month and confirmed that long-serving president Leonid Fedun would step down because it makes an attempt to “reinforce Spartak’s aggressive place and result in new victories.”

Melezhikov vowed that “there might be massive modifications at Spartak”, and on the identical day Ashworth’s appointment was introduced, Spartak additional revealed the membership had elected its new board of administrators together with “prime managers” from Lukoil.

Lukoil’s vice-president Aleksandr Matytsyn will head the board and is joined by “specialists within the monetary, authorized, and company governance areas” together with Pavel Zhdanov, Ivan Maslyaev, and Evgeny Khavkin, as confirmed by Matytsyn to TASS. 

Melezhikov will maintain his function as common director of the membership, as Sergey Rodionov is president of the Spartak Academy and Oleg Malyshev and Yusuf Alekperov are impartial administrators.

“Our first precedence is to create a extra clear collegial mechanism for decision-making and allocation of funding,” Matytsyn mentioned.

“When implementing it, we are going to depend on Lukoil’s administration mannequin, the effectiveness of which has been confirmed by the corporate’s 30-year historical past.

“Understanding all of the specifics, we cooperate as intently as attainable with the membership’s administration, analyze the data, how every thing works, [and] what the precedence wants are.

“On the identical time, we’re resolving points in key areas of Spartak’s actions: sports activities, medical, business, infrastructure, safety and company governance points,” Matytsyn added.

Following these appointments, the brand new board and Ashworth’s first aggressive match might be Sunday’s away journey to Nizhny Novgorod within the Russian Premier League.


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