Director General of Russia’s Lokomotiv Moscow football club announces resignation

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Ilya Gerkus

Ilya Gerkus


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MOSCOW, December 28. /TASS/. Director General of Russian football club Lokomotiv Moscow Ilya Gerkus announced his resignation on Friday.

“I am leaving Lokomotiv today,” Gerkus said in an interview with Russian daily Sport-Express. “This is a great club, which I was privileged to be a part of for almost two and a half years.”

“It was a great honor and enormous responsibility,” Gerkus, who joined Lokomotiv Moscow FC in the summer of 2016, said. “All I can add at the moment is that I was enormously happy [to work with the club].”

Earlier in the day, German specialist Erik Stoffelshaus, who worked with the Lokomotiv Moscow FC as the sporting director, also announced his resignation from the club.

The 48-year-old German specialist took the post of the Lokomotiv Moscow FC’s sporting director in January 2017. He facilitated the club’s contracts with such players as Jefferson Farfan, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Benedikt Howedes and Fyodor Smolov. The club won the Russian championship in the 2017-18 season and grabbed the Russia Cup a year before.

Before teaming up with Lokomotiv Moscow FC, Stoffelshaus held various posts in Germany’s Schalke FC and worked as a technical director at the York Region Soccer Association in Canada.

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