ASTANA – KHL club Barys Astana has released head coach Andrei Khomutov and assistant Sergei Starikov. The move came as the Kazakh team is second last in the Eastern Conference and has lost seven out of the last eight games.
It was the past weekend which decided the fate of the coaching duo Andrei Khomutov-Sergei Starikov. A demoralizing 7-0 home loss to Yugra Khanty-Mansisk on Friday was followed up by another bad defeat at home on Sunday, 4-0 to Amur Khabarovsk.
With seven losses in the last eight games and 21st place overall in the 23-team league, the board of the only Kazakh entry to the KHL decided to release the coaches. Barys finished 14th last season.
The decision was announced by the club on Tuesday morning. Andrei Shayanov has been named as new acting head coach.
Andrei Khomutov is still the head coach of the Kazakh national team which will participate in the 2012 IIHF World Championship in Finland/Sweden.
Khomutov is one of the most accomplished international players of the modern era having won seven IIHF World Championship gold medals with Soviet Union/Russia, three Olympic gold medals and Canada Cup in 1981.
Also Sergei Starikov had lots of success during his active career, having won three World Championship gold medals and two Olympic golds.
Barys plays its first game under the new coach already on Tuesday at home, again against Amur Khabarovsk.