Oleg Romantsev has quit as coach of Saturn Ramenskoye because of health problems, the club have confirmed.

‘Oleg Romantsev twice asked to be relieved of his coaching duties, citing poor health and the second time the management agreed to his request,” Saturn said on their website.

Romantsev underwent an operation to remove kidney stones in 2002 and also spent time in hospital with heart trouble three years earlier.

The Russian league season begins on March 12.

Romantsev was fired as coach of Spartak Moscow last June after 15 years in the job following a bitter feud with club president Andrei Chervichenko. He also guided Russia to the 2002 World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan but was sacked after the team failed to progress beyond the group phases.