Zenit St Petersburg have announced that they have parted ways with Italian Coach Luciano Spalletti after just over four years in charge.
The 55-year-old had come under pressure for recent results achieved with the Zenitchiki, including most notably a 4-2 home defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the Champions League Last 16.
On from reports in the Russian media indicating that his time with the four-time League champions was up, they have today released a statement in confirmation.
“Grazie di tutto Mister!” began Zenit’s posting on their official website on Tuesday morning.
“Zenit’s club management has decided to dismiss Luciano Spalletti from his duties as Blue-White-Sky Blues’ head Coach.
“Spalletti's assistant, Sergey Semak, has been appointed acting head Coach.”
Former Udinese and Roma boss Spalletti had been in charge at Zenit since December 2009 and won two League titles, one Russian Cup and one Russian Super Cup in his time with the club.