Moscow: Russian Premier League side Anzhi Makhachkala have ended their long search for a manager by appointing Russian Yury Krasnozhan, the club announced on Tuesday.
The 48-year-old Krasnozhan, previously the coach of Premiership sides Spartak Nalchik and Lokomotiv Moscow, has signed a five-year deal. No financial details of the contract were disclosed.
"I'm really grateful to the club management for their trust in me," Krasnozhan said.
"It's not only an honourable and difficult mission to lead such a club, but also a very interesting job."
After his resignation from Lokomotiv in June, Krasnozhan coached Russia's national reserve side. Reports said he will combine jobs in the first six months at the helm of Anzhi.
"He's top-class professional and we hope his experience and knowledge will improve our team's performance a great deal," Anzhi quoted its deputy president German Chistyakov as saying.
"We have no doubts that he is capable of solving the most serious tasks."
After the resignation of Anzhi manager Gadzhi Gadzhiev, in September, the club was coached by Gadzhiev's assistant Andrei Gordeyev, who prepared the team for domestic league matches together with Brazilian veteran Roberto Carlos.
Anzhi, founded in 1991, have enjoyed little success in Russian football until being acquired by the tycoon Suleyman Kerimov this year and going on a spending spree that landed them Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto'o and Carlos.
It had been rumoured that Dutch coaching legend Guus Hiddink, who led Russia into the 2008 European championship's semi-finals, would be appointed as Anzhi's new manager.
Italian Fabio Capello, currently coaching the English national squad, was also considered by Anzhi chiefs as a possible candidate for the post.
Anzhi players live and train in Moscow for security reasons and travel 1,250 miles to Makhachkala for home games of the Russian Premier League.