MOSCOW - Zenit St Petersburg coach Dick Advocaat criticised the club's management over what he called inadequate player reinforcements. The Russian Premier League club announced on Friday the signing of Italian midfielder Alessandro Rosina on a four-year contract from Serie B side Torino, but Advocaat was quick to distance himself from the latest acquisition. "I'm very disappointed," the coach told reporters. "I told the club we need two or three top class strikers but instead they bring in Rosina. I really don't know what to do anymore as I've never had to deal with a situation when a player is being brought to the club against my wishes." The Dutchman, who is quitting Zenit at the end of the year to become Belgium's coach, pointed the finger at the club's newly appointed sporting director Igor Korneev. "He is in the club less than a week but he does things without first consulting me," Advocaat said. "Maybe he wants to become Zenit head coach?" Former CSKA Moscow and Barcelona striker Korneev spent several years in the Dutch league before returning to Russia to become an assistant to the national team coach Guus Hiddink. The 41-year-old Korneev, who was named Zenit sporting director this week, could not be reached for comment
31 July 2009
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