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Russia's Anzhi parts with coach Yuri Syomin after poor start to season


MOSCOW — Russian Premier League club Anzhi Makhachkala, once one of the world's biggest spenders, has parted company with coach Yuri Syomin following a dismal start to the season.

Anzhi has won just one of its opening 10 games in the Russian Premier League and is in the relegation zone, ranked 15th in the 16-team competition. Syomin's departure was "by mutual consent," Anzhi said on its website.

Anzhi's billionaire owner Suleiman Kerimov attracted star players such as Samuel Eto'o and Roberto Carlos with generous salaries but abruptly withdrew most of his funding in 2013, sparking a mass exodus of players.

After spending last season in the second tier, Anzhi returned to the top level with a raft of new signings including Portugal striker Hugo Almeida and two-time Russian Premier League-winning coach Syomin.

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