Ural head coach Dmitry Parfyonov resigned after losing the Cup

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Dmitry Parfyonov resigned

Bogdan Gorbunov

Another resignation to the RPL! Parfyonov cost dearly the departure of “Ural” from the Cup

The coach has been at the club longer than any of his predecessors in the past 11 years.

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In the RPL, another resignation. After the defeat in the semifinals of the Russian Cup against Khimki (1: 3), the head coach announced his departure from Ural Dmitry Parfyonov

“We failed the game. There is a solution. I’m leaving the team. Thanks to the management and the players, everyone. Is this an official decision? All questions are for the president, “Parfyonov said on the air of the Match TV channel.

What Parfyonov achieved with Ural

Parfyonov was one of the RPL’s longest-serving coaches. He stayed in the club for 2 years, 1 month and 28 days (longer than any of their predecessors in the last 11 years). In the RPL, only Valery Karpin (2 years, 7 months) and Viktor Goncharenko (3 years, 7 months, 7 days) have held their posts longer than him.

Parfyonov signed a contract with Ural at the end of May 2018, a few days after he took the Russian Cup from Tosno, beating Avangard Kursk in the final.

The coach started his first season at the new club remarkably. After the end of the first round, “Ural” together with Parfyonov took 8th place in the RPL. By the end of the championship, the Yekaterinburg team nevertheless dropped a couple of lines down, but the club compensated for the failure in the Premier League with an excellent performance in the Cup. Parfyonov’s team made it to the final, where they lost the least to Lokomotiv.

The second season in Yekaterinburg for the coach at first took shape like a blueprint. By the beginning of spring, “Ural” was also in the middle of the table and aimed for the Russian Cup final. Nevertheless, Parfyonov’s team first lost to Sochi (0: 2), soon suffered a humiliating defeat from Zenit (1: 7), and then lost to Rubin (1: 2). After the pandemic, Ural started with three wins in four games, but then fell apart. Yekaterinburg lost to Krasnodar and Arsenal, conceding three goals in both matches and, finally, in the semi-finals of the Russian Cup, the club from the FNL could not cope.

A few months ago, Ural had real chances to catch on to European cups, and now it occupies 11th place in the RPL and leads in the number of goals conceded (52 goals). Such an outcome was hardly part of the plans of the coach and the club’s management, therefore, most likely, the parties decided to terminate the contract.

It is symbolic that Parfyonov’s path in the Urals began thanks to the Cup of Russia and because of him it ended.

Who else did Parfyonov train

The former Spartak player began his coaching career as an assistant to Vladimir Shcherbak in the Russian junior team.

Then he moved to Tekstilshchik, with whom he spent three seasons in the PFL, but never managed to rise to the FNL – with Parfyonov, the club occupied 2nd, 3rd and 5th places in the West zone.

However, such results were enough for the coach to improve. In August 2015, Tosno signed a contract with him and made the right decision. Dmitry Parfyonov brought the club from the Leningrad Region to the Premier League and won the Russian Cup with it.

Nevertheless, the coach did not succeed in building on his success in the Urals.

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