Ex-Anzhi vice-president: Eto'o & Roberto Carlos did not want to work with former coach Krasnozhan

The Russian trainer's resignation from the mega-rich club was a result of his authority being challenged by the foreign players in the squad, according to Zaidin Dzhambulatov
Anzhi Makhachkala's former vice-president Zaidin Dzhambulatov has claimed that player power was part of the reason that forced Yuri Krasnozhan to resign from his coaching position at the club.

The former Lokomotiv Moscow boss resigned from his job with the eastern European side in February, barely two months after joining the Dagestani outfit, and was consequently replaced with the vastly experienced Guus Hiddink.

However, Dzhambulatov believes an unstable working relationship with the star players such as Samuel Eto'o and Roberto Carlos led to the tactician's downfall.

"The situation with Krasnozhan was simple: Eto'o did not want to work with him," Dzhambulatov claimed in an interview to Russian sports daily Sovetsky Sport.

"He is a great footballer but he would not accept the Russian coach's authority. Roberto Carlos reacted in the same vein, and then other foreigners followed.

"They did not argue or sabotage training sessions, but merely let him know how they felt."

Anzhi have seen their popularity rise rapidly since being acquired by billionaire Suleyman Kerimov in 2011, who funded the big-money acquisition of a raft of star players.

However, the club are currently seventh in the Russian Premier League standings and travel to Krasnozhan's former club, Lokomotiv Moscow, on Sunday.