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Torpedo Moscow Names Valery Petrakov as New Coach

Petrakov played for Torpedo from 1981-85 before managing Tom Tomsk, FC Moscow, Rostov, Alaniya, Dynamo Bryansk and Khimki.

Valery Petrakov has been named as coach of Torpedo Moscow after Nikolai Savichev became the third Russian Premier League manager to leave his job this season.

"Today we were satisfied with the request by Nikolai Savichev to quit the club. The new head coach will be Valery Petrakov," the club said on its website on Tuesday.

Savichev had been in charge of the three-times champions since June after they were promoted back to the Premier League, but Torpedo has only picked up six points from 12 matches and are lying in the relegation zone.

They suffered a 1-0 loss to Arsenal Tula on Monday, and they crashed out of the Russian Cup to CSKA Moscow.

Petrakov played for Torpedo from 1981-85 before managing Tom Tomsk, FC Moscow, Rostov, Alaniya, Dynamo Bryansk and Khimki.

The 56-year-old's first match in charge will be at home to Lokomotiv Moscow on Saturday.

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