Soccer: Russian coach tipped to take up Armenia national team job

Former head coach of FC Spartak Moscow Valeri Karpin is the number one candidate to head the Armenian national team, Russian sports news portal writes.

The Armenia head coach’s post remains vacant after Swiss specialist Bernard Challandes resigned earlier this week following the team’s loss to Albania in Euro-2016 qualification.

Karpin, 46, who currently manages Spanish Mallorca, visited Yerevan over the weekend to participate in a friendly match dedicated to USSR soccer legend Khoren Oganesian’s 60th birthday. He reportedly met with the leadership of the Football Federation of Armenia.

Soccer officials in Armenia, however, have not revealed any plans for the next national team head coach yet.

Kapin has a successful track record of working with two leading players of the Armenian national team, Yura Movsisyan and Aras Ozbilis, who both played under his management in Spartak Moscow.

After the first round of games in the current qualifying campaign Armenia is in the bottom place of five-nation Group I that also includes Portugal, Denmark and Serbia.

Armenia, which has lost all chances for qualification, plays its next match in Yerevan against Portugal on June 13.