Mallorca Coach Leading Candidate to Replace Challandes

RCD Mallorca manager Valeri Karpin

YEREVAN—Former head coach of Spartak Moscow and current manager at Spain’s RCD Mallorca, Valeri Karpin, is the number one candidate to head the Armenian national team, Russian sports news portal claims. The manager’s post remains vacant after Bernnard Challandes resigned as Armenia coach earlier this week.

Challandes filed his resignation after a poor first half in the qualification round for Euro-2016. Armenia is currently the last in Group I with one point earned in four matches.

Karpin, 46, who left Mallorca in February, visited Yerevan over the weekend to participate in a friendly match dedicated to USSR soccer legend Khoren Oganesian’s 60th birthday. He reportedly met with the leadership of the Football Federation of Armenia.

Valery Kapin has a successful track record of working with two leading players of the Armenian national team Yura Movsisyan and Aras Ozbilis, who both play for Spartak Moscow.


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