The Russia Manager Retired As A Player For Such A Nice Reason
Other than looking roughly 10 years older than he is there's something about Leonid Slutsky's smacked arse of a face that doesn't exactly scream animal lover and fun, caring guy, no offence Leonid. But apparently we've got the Russia manager all wrong.
Somehow the CSKA manager, who is in charge of Russia at the same time in a Football Manager like scenario that we love more than words can actually portray, is the youngest manager at the Euros at only 45. Firstly how is he only 45 and secondly how is Chris Coleman 46? I remember him playing for Fulham for god's sake!
If Slutsky does look a bit grumpy it's worth remembering that his side has been p*ss poor up to now and this is a chap who has to go home to Russia and explain his side's elimination to Vladimir Putin, yeah I wouldn't be the happiest chap either.
Anyway the poor guy actually had a professional football career that lasted only 13 games and ended aged 19 after the Moscow born former goalkeeper had to retire with a knee injury he picked up when falling out of a tree whilst trying to save a neighbour's cat.
It's hard not to feel sympathy for someone who has to retire early due to injury, unless it's Dave Whelan and that's just because he never stops bringing it up, never mind the fact it's because he was trying to save a neighbour's cat. That just makes him such a wonderful person.
After spending a year with the injury and being told he couldn't carry on as a player the Russian turned his attention to coaching where he's won three Russian titles with CSKA, so it's not all bad.
I bet he was feline a little silly when he first picked up the injury though...