A very interesting news came out of Russia on Thursday afternoon after it emerged that the Ministry of Sport had signed a document banning all foreign head coaches. Former Chelsea coach, Andre Villas-Boas who is Portuguese and manages Zenith St Petersburg was reportedly planning to leave at the end of the season but it’s unclear if his tenure will last that long now.
According to Eurosport, the bill was signed on September 21st and published on the official web portal of legal information on October 28th.
Interestingly, the Russian national team can still be run by a foreign coach. At clubs, they can employ foreigners as coaches – but not the head coach. Of the sixteen clubs in the Russian Premier League, six are run by foreigners. It’s unclear how soon they will be forced to leave their jobs.