Guus Hiddink has accused some of his fellow coaches of hindering Russia’s preparations for the Euro 2008 finals.
With Russia not playing a game this week, Spartak Moscow coach Stanislav Cherchesov refused to allow striker Roman Pavlyuchenko and winger Vladimir Bystrov to attend the national team’s training camp in Turkey.
Russian FA chief Vitaly Mutko approached Spartak’s billionaire owner Leonid Fedun and the pair were eventually allowed to fly to Belek.
“Of course, I’m disappointed,” the Dutchman said. “When we first announced our plans to hold this training camp soon after we qualified for the (Euro 2008) finals, all premier league clubs gave their approval.
“Then, suddenly some clubs decided to change their mind. I don’t think it’s fair.”
“It also shows disrespect to the national team.
“We’re trying hard to put together the best Russian team, so that it can compete on equal terms with all the major European powers and we need everyone pulling together, not trying to disrupt our preparation.”
Other club coaches, including Dick Advocaat of Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg, and CSKA Moscow boss Valery Gazzayev were also unhappy at having to release players.
“I don’t think you can call what they’ll be doing in Belek training – it sounds more like a social get-together for a barbeque by the pool,” Gazzayev said.
“But I’m a law-abiding citizen so I must let my players go.”
Three players, Sevilla striker Alexander Kerzhakov, Nuremberg winger Ivan Saenko and Sporting midfielder Marat Izmailov, had still not arrived at the camp by Monday.
“Saenko is injured, so he’s not coming because he can’t train anyway,” said Hiddink. “But I hope that both Kerzhakov and Izmailov will still come, probably on Monday after they have played their league matches.
“What is important for me that every single player wanted to come here. They understand the importance of this training camp.
“I just hope that some of our coaches would also understand such simple things.”