Zenit St Petersburg have appointed Italian Luciano Spalletti as their new manager.
The former Roma coach has signed a three-year deal. He replaces interim coach Anatoly Davydov, who took over after Dick Advocaat was fired in August.
“The board of directors has unanimously agreed to appoint Luciano Spalletti as head coach,”said a club statement.
“The new head coach’s goal is to regain the domestic title, ensure success in European competitions and to establish a youth policy that leads to the emergence of new local players in the first team.”
Advocaat led Zenit to its first Russian league title in 2007 and won the UEFA Cup a year later.
Spalletti, who was twice named Italian coach of the year in 2006 and 2007, resigned from Roma in September after back-to-back defeats in the opening two games of the Serie A season.