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Nobody offered to prolong my contract – Advocaat

Published time: May 14, 2012 09:38
Edited time: May 15, 2012 12:12

Russia’s football coach Dick Advocaat (RIA Novosti/Valery Melnikov)

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Russia’s football coach Dick Advocaat says the only reason he is leaving the country’s national team after Euro 2012 is that he wasn’t offered to extend his deal.

­"I was disappointed with how the situation developed,” Advocaat is cited by Interfax news agency as saying. “When I arrived in Russia, I signed a 2+2 contract, which gave a clue that the agreement on its prolongation will be reached by April 2012. But the Russian Football Union proposed to discuss the extension of the contract after Euro 2012, which was unacceptable for me. Maybe a less experienced coach would’ve agreed on such terms, but not me.”

“By that time all the clubs and national teams would’ve found coaches. So I couldn’t wait,”
he added.

On May 10, Advocaat put his signature under a one-year agreement with Dutch side PSV Eindhoven, whom he’ll join after Team Russia finish their run at the European championships in Poland and Ukraine.  

But the 64-year-old reassured Russia fans by stressing that he’s fully concentrated on Euro 2012 and will think about club business later.  

"We are going to the European championships to try to reach the final,”
the Dutchman said. “The fact that I’m leaving after Euro 2012 won’t affect my work. At the moment I have a contract with the RFU [Russian Football Union], and all my thoughts are only about the Russian national team.”

Russia kick off their Euro 2012 campaign with a game against the Czech Republic on June 8, with Poland and Greece also their rivals in the group stages.

Dick Advocaat signed his deal with the Russian Football Union back in 2010, which, according to France Football, made him one of the highest paid coaches in the sport, with an annual salary of over $9 million.

The national team qualified for Euro 2012 under the Dutchman, topping their qualifying group.