MOSCOW, September 26 (RIA Novosti) - Former Spartak Moscow manager and the most successful Russian coach of the post-Soviet era may make a comeback to club soccer with Dynamo St. Petersburg, the Sport Den Za Dnem website reported on Friday.
Dynamo Petersburg are currently in the third tier of Russian soccer, in fifth place in the Second Division West.
Under Romantsev, Spartak dominated the Russian game, winning the championship every year but one between 1992 and 2002, coasting to the title most seasons. He was also had two spells in charge of the national side.
Famous for his stern manner and somewhat eccentric behavior, and, later, his problems with alcohol, Romantsev disappeared from public view in 2005, after brief unsuccessful spells, post-Spartak, at Dynamo Moscow and Saturn FC.
Romantsev was fired from Spartak after telling a group of journalists on the eve of the 2003 Russian Cup Final that Andrei Chervichenko, the club's then-president, had been attempting to sell the match for $1.5 million. The day after the final, which Spartak won, Chervichenko, who had promised not to comment on the Spartak manager's comments until after the match, fired Romantsev.
"Right now, I'm in Altai, but I'm returning to Moscow soon and I'll sort things out then," said Romantsev, without denying that he had been offered the post.
The Altai is a remote Russian republic that borders China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan.
"I can't say anything now, let's wait until Sunday when everything will become clear," he added.