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Russians put smart money on Carlos enjoying life in hot seat

Published 01/10/2011 | 05:00

Roberto Carlos will be made to earn his millions over the next few weeks after the Brazilian defender was appointed as temporary manager of big-spending Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.

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Gadzhi Gadzhiyev was fired this week after winning only one of his last five games despite the £20m arrival of Samuel Eto'o from Inter Milan.

Carlos, who joined the club in February as a player, said Anzhi had discussed the possibility of buying Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

"I'll have a meeting with the boss (Russian billionaire Suleyman Kerimov) and we'll discuss plans," the 38-year-old World Cup winner said. "We've already talked about trying to sign players like Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard or Robert Pires."

Israeli Avram Grant, a close friend of Kerimov, has been tipped to succeed Gadzhiyev as permanent manager after attending several Anzhi matches in recent weeks.

There's obviously some things money can't buy -- common sense.

Irish Independent

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