Anzhi sack manager and put players up for saleby Jack Kitson / 07 August 2013, 12:28Tweet
Anzhi Makhachkala's billionaire owner Suleiman Kerimov has reacted in ruthless fashion to his club's dismal start to the new campaign by sacking manager Rene Meulensteen, as well as putting his most expensive players up for sale. According to reports former boss Gadzhi Gadzhiyev will return to the club as Meulensteen’s replacement.
The big-spending Russian outfit have failed to win any of their first four games of the new Russian season - for which they were the ante-post favourites for the title. Dutchman Meulensteen only took charge on July 22 following the departure of Guus Hiddink, meaning he lasted just 16 days at the helm. Furthermore the futures of stars such as Samuel Eto'o, Lassana Diarra, Aleksandr Kokorin and Christopher Samba are all up in the air.
Kerimov, who is Russia’s 19th richest man with a fortune of $7 billion, bought the club in 2011 and has since splashed out over $200m on players. His decision to slash the spending and get rid of players is not only due to poor results but because of his recent mammoth stock market losses following a reported $375 million hit on his shares in fertilizer giant Uralkali.