Former midfielder who served as manager of FC Zenit Saint Petersburg from 2009 to 2014. He had his most success as a player with Spezia, appearing in 120 matches between 1986 and 1990.
He began his professional career with Entella in 1978.
He led FC Zenit Saint Petersburg to Russian Premier League titles in 2010 and 2012.
He married his wife Tamara in 1989.
He managed striker Francesco Totti on AS Roma.