Lyakh Optimistic About Ural Great Future

16 November 2004

Ural Great executive director Pavel Lyakh has resigned but will remain as a special adviser to the chairman of the Perm club.

Lyakh asked the board to release him from the post because he also works for the Perm Fuel-Energy Company.

The new director is Olga Antonova.

"It's difficult to combine sport business with anything else as it requires full-time work," Lyakh said.

Ural Great won the Russian Cup last season and made it to the FIBA Europe League Final Four but they are not spending as much money on playing staff to keep pace with the likes of CSKA Moscow.

Their 71-66 defeat to Khimky Moscow region means Ural Great have won just two of their opening five games in the Russian Superleague.

Lyakh is optimistic about the club's future, however.

"The club needs new ideas, new thoughts about development," he said to Sport-Express.

"Obviously, Ural Great can't compete with the leaders of the Russian Superleague in the financial terms so we have to develop our own players.

"A new sports centre is being built in Perm and supporters will see locally-born players in the team soon as part of the plan for the club's development."

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