Spalletti was hired as Zenit head coach in December, 2009. The 55 year-old Italian specialist led the club to two Russian Premier League titles, as well as one Russian Cup title and one Russian Super Cup title. Spalletti was also the first coach to ever lead Zenit to the UEFA Champions League playoff phase.
Spalletti was Coach of the Year in Russia in 2010 and 2011-12.
Sergey Semak has been appointed Zenit`s acting head coach.
We wish to thank Luciano Spalletti for all that he`s done for the development of St. Petersburg football, and we will always be happy to see him in St. Petersburg! Grazie, Mister!