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Ex-Russia manager named Lokomotiv coach

MOSCOW, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Former Russia manager Anatoly Byshovets has been named coach of Lokomotiv Moscow, the Russian premier league club said on Tuesday.

Byshovets, 60, replaces Oleg Dolmatov, becoming the third Lokomotiv coach in the last three months.

Dolmatov, who took over from Serbian Slavoljub Muslin in October when Lokomotiv was in second place, was fired following a disappointing end to the season in which the railway side lost three of their last seven games, dropping to third and failing to qualify for next year's Champions League.

Byshovets has been out of coaching since 1998 when he was sacked following Russia's disastrous start to their Euro 2000 qualifying campaign when they lost their first three qualifiers.

The former Soviet striker briefly worked as football director for Scottish Premier League club Hearts last year.

'I have a plan to make Lokomotiv the best club in Russia that could also compete well in Europe,' said Byshovets, who led the Soviet Union to the gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

He also coached Russia in 1991-92, guiding them to the Euro 1992 finals, as well as South Korea, becoming that country's first foreign manager, in the mid-1990s.

Lokomotiv also announced the return of another former Russia manager and the club's long-time coach Yuri Syomin, who has replaced Valery Filatov as the club's president.

Filatov was blamed for sacking Muslin and hiring Dolmatov.

Syomin, 59, quit Lokomotiv after a successful 16-year coaching reign in April 2005 when he took over the national team. He led Lokomotiv to their first ever league title in 2002, then repeated the feat two years later.

'I'm very happy to come back to a club I love most,' Syomin said. 'We all have a lot of work ahead because this club has had many problems, but I hope we'll make it successful again.'