Alexander Kerzhakov during the match “Tom” – “Zenit”, 2017
The management of FC Tom is considering candidates for the post of head coach of the team instead of Vasily Baskakov, who left the club a few days ago. Club President Sergei Zhvachkin offered this post to Alexander Kerzhakov.
Recall Vasily Baskakov left the post of head coach of FC “Tom” two years after the appointment in August 2018. In that season, the team reached the play-offs, and in the next season they finished ninth without finishing the championship due to the pandemic. This summer, the contract with Baskakov was extended for a year. In the new season, under his leadership, the team lost five times and drew twice.
After Baskakov left, information began to appear about a new possible coach. In particular, the sports media wrote that this position could be taken by the head coach of the youth team of Tambov Sergey Perednya, under whose leadership Tom in the 2012/13 season entered the Premier League.
“Match TV” wrote that the club had compiled a shortlist of candidates for the post of head coach of “Tom”. In addition to Perednya, Igor Kolyvanov, Yuri Krasnozhan, Sergei Zhukov got there, according to the newspaper.
After that, information appeared that Alexander Kerzhakov, the ex-forward of Zenit and a former football player of the Russian national team, was also considered for the position of head coach of FC Tom. Now 37-year-old Kerzhakov heads the Russian junior national team under 18.
On Tuesday, September 8, the coach confirmed that he had a conversation with representatives of the Tomsk club. “I can’t say anything else. I have a job now, I am the senior coach of the youth national team of Russia, we will still have games in October, ”said Kerzhakov (quoted by TASS).
On Wednesday, September 9, there was official information that the president of the Tomsk football club, governor Sergei Zhvachkin offered the post of head coach of the team to Alexander Kerzhakov.
“The fans know Alexander Kerzhakov as one of the best scorers in Russian football, as the coach of the national youth team,” Zhvachkin said. – Today his dream is to become a football coach, having passed all the stages of coaching. Such a position in life appeals to me and suits our “Tom”.
According to the governor, he discussed the issue of the head coach candidacy with the head of Gazprom Neft PJSC (the company is the general sponsor of FC Tom), President of the Russian Football Union Alexander Dyukov.
Now the duties of the head coach of “Tom” are performed by the head coach of the team Viktor Sebelev.
On Wednesday, Tom will play a home match against Tekstilshchik from Ivanovo.
During his football career, Alexander Kerzhakov played for such clubs as Zenit (twice), Dynamo Moscow, Spanish Sevilla and Swiss Zurich. He was a member of the Russian national football team. He began his coaching career in 2017 as a coordinator of Zenit youth teams. In 2018, he was appointed senior coach of the Russian youth team (under 17).