Martin Reim Is Frontrunner to Take National Team Job in 2 Years
Former FC Flora head coach Martin Reim is the favorite to take the reins of the national football team according to the current coach, Tarmo Rüütli, who will make way for a foreign coach at the end of the year.
Rüütli's contract was not renewed, the Football Association said in a press conference on Thursday, adding that a foreign coach will lead the team, after which time an Estonian successor will be named.
Reim, 42, who is the highest capped Estonian footballer, is currently in charge of the under-21 national team.
Reim's teammate from his playing days, Marko Kristal, is another name on the list, having just won his first title as coach. The 40-year-old was the head coach at Tartu Tammeka, before taking over at Levadia two years ago.
Nõmme Kalju's coach Igor Prins, 47, could also be in the frame. He led Levadia to two titles, and then Kalju to their first ever title last year. Although Kalju finished second in 2013, they had an exceptionally good run in European competitions.
Sport.err.ee has also named the national team's assistant coach, Janno Kivisild, adding that he may lack authority for such a high-level position. Sillamäe Kalev's Sergei Ratnikov, who seems to have managed most teams in Estonia, could also take the step up, while Norbert Hurt and Marko Lelov, and ex-pros Mart Poom, Indrek Zelinksi and Meelis Rooba, could also be in the picture for the job in the long-run.
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