Russia coach released after dire Euro 2016 campaign.

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Leonid Slutsky has stepped down as head coach of Russia after the 2018 World Cup hosts were knocked out at the group stage of Euro 2016.

Slutsky, who also manages CSKA Moscow, succeeded Fabio Capello after the Italian was dismissed after a string of dismal performances left Russia looking set to miss out on the Euro 2016 finals.

He oversaw an improvement in the team’s fortunes that saw them qualify for the tournament but failed to translate that momentum into success in France.

Russia finished fourth in group B after collecting one point in three matches.

In a statement, the Russian Football Union said: “We wish him all the success in his coaching career.

“The RFU thanks Leonid Slutsky, who led the Russian team into the Euro 2016 Cup finals, for his professionalism and wishes him success in his career.”

The 45-year-old leaves the national team with a record of six wins, two draws and five losses from his 13 games at the helm.

He will return to CSKA, who have been champions of the Russian Premier League three times under his seven-year command.

It remains unclear who will succeed Slutsky and the RFU did not say when the selection process for a new manager would begin.