Russian coach Dick Advocaat looks on before the international friendly match between Greece and Russia at the Karaiskakis Stadium on November 11, 2011 in Athens, Greece. (credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Russian manager Dick Advocaat has confirmed he will step down from the national team after Euro 2012.
Advocaat has been in charge of Russian since taking over from fellow countryman Guus Hiddink in May 2010 on a two-year deal but the former Zenit St Petersburg coach has decided not to take up a possible contract extension.
“I’ll go after Euro 2012,” Advocaat confirmed. “I can’t tell you the reason yet but, knowing about all the speculation, I’ll say right now, it’s not about the money.”
“I haven’t told the players yet. I’m sure that this news won’t influence our preparation for the Euros,” he added.
Much speculation has linked the 64-year-old with a return to Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven after winning the Dutch title with PSV in 1996.
Russia finished top of their group in qualifying for Euro 2012. They will begin their European Championships campaign against Czech Republic on the 8th June in Group A before facing co-host Poland and Greece.