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Sillamäe Kalev

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Sliding doors at Sillamäe. Striker Kabaev shakes hands with coach Frantsev. The latter leaves while the former might return. (Tiina Kõrtsini / Õhtuleht)

Sliding doors at Sillamäe. Striker Kabaev shakes hands with coach Frantsev. The latter leaves while the former might return. (Tiina Kõrtsini / Õhtuleht)

29.05.2015 – It took 22 days and the defeat in the direct clash against Levadia on Tuesday (match report here) to push Sillamäe chairman to sack Sergei Frantsev. The 56-year-old Russian coach leaves Eastern Estonia after 37 games and an average of 2,08 points per game (source: Transfermarkt.de): 25 wins, 2 draws and 10 losses. His greatest feat was to bring Sillamäe to an historical second preliminary after beating FC Honka. They then lost to FC Krasnodar, Russian Premier League powerhouse, with a 0-9 on aggregate. Meanwhile, he also secured Sillamäe the silver medal at the expenses of FC Flora and a consecutive run in the Europa League (first time).

The team has been entrusted to 39-year-old Deniss Ugarov, a Dinamo Moscow assistant coach in the past. During his playing career, he played in UEFA Cup against Bologna FC (ITA) and Grasshoppers Zurich (SWI) when he was a Zenit St.Petersburg player.

Meanwhile, former Sillamäe striker and Premium Liiga 2014 topscorer, Evgeni Kabaev, has returned from Indonesia. After being offered a lower salary (the Indonesian Premier League was suspended by the local government) he decided to leave Persija Jakarta. 'I just came to Estonia on holidays,' said Martin Vunk to Õhtuleht.ee on the same decision following Persija's 'offer'. Although he confirmed that several Estonian clubs have already talked to him about his intentions. Whether he will get back to Sillamäe or not, it will be clear during the Estonian transfer window (it opens on the 22nd of June).

Aleksandr Starodubtsev is observing the situation very closely... (Delfi.ee)

Aleksandr Starodubtsev is observing the situation very closely... (Delfi.ee)

07.05.2015 – Tense hours in Sillamäe as the chairman, Aleksandr Starodubchev, has summoned the whole squad and coaching staff for today. 'We can't see the hoped-for results,' commented the chairman to Põhjarannik.ee adding that the club has put a lot of trust in the current squad. However, Sillamäe have just a mere two points less compared to last season after the first ring and are the second best striking force of the league (23 goals, one less than last season with Evgeni Kabaev). However, the president is not impressed. 'He scored mostly against weaker side,' said the club's nr.1 regarding to team's topscorer Kvasov. The president confirmed that Lithuanian Darius Miceika will nurse a knee injury until the end of the season (November) there the club is already searching for new options on the transfer market (window will open in June during the break) with special attentions to players from Czech Republic and Holland.
Evgeni Kabaev. The president confirmed they keep in contact with the Premium Liiga 2014 topscorer. As previously highlighted, the Indonesian Super League has been suspended and Kabaev's club is paying only half of the salary. Starodubtsev is still unsure about his return.

Igor Dudarev will not travel to Tartu as he is suspended.

Sergei Frantsev (left) with 2014 Premium Liiga topscorer, Evgeni Kabaev (Tiina Kõrtsini / Õhtuleht)

Sergei Frantsev (left) with 2014 Premium Liiga topscorer, Evgeni Kabaev (Tiina Kõrtsini / Õhtuleht)

29.04.2015 – Sergei Frantsev has admitted that he is not pleased with the season start of his team. In words released to Põhjarannik, he said that the new foreigners have not well integrated with the rest of the team yet and haven't brought the expected extra power. Notwithstanding the defence has not changed, he cannot explain himself the goals conceded (Sillamäe have conceded 11, the worst defence of the top 5). Although second best striking line after Kalju (19 vs. 21) Frantsev said he is not happy with the finishing part either. 
Some weeks ago, the club's president has hinted at the possibility that Jevgeni Kabaev might return to Estonia if the Indonesian Premier League will not start (it was stopped by the Indonesian goverment generating a conflict with FIFA).

28.03.2015 – The club has announced via Facebook that they will play a friendly game against HJK Helsinki in Sportland Arena on Tuesday the 31st of March at 3pm.

20.03.2015 – Sergei Frantsev will have a chance to test his side against a more probing opposition as Flora. It is not a definitive test, however it will help understand where the Longshoremen are compared to a team that has changed very little during the transfer window. The precedents give Sillamäe a bit of relief since they won 2 out of the last 6 and drew 1. The last win away to Flora dates back to the 9th of November 2013: 0-3 (Whoscored.com)

11.03.2015 – Sillamäe Kalev will take on Viljandi Tulevik. The last game dates back to 2010 when Viljandi won 3-2. It was the only win in the 6 precedents between the two clubs (Whoscored.com)