Athletistic / Football. Former Baltika head coach Sergei Ignashevich wrote an open letter to the fans of the Kaliningrad club. After the end of the 2023/2024 season, the 44-year-old mentor left the Baltic club.

“I want to thank you for two and a half seasons, during this time we have all achieved a lot: we have created a team that plays interesting modern football and is capable of filling the stands! reached the final of the National Cup! The team always felt your support: both at a party and, of course, in Kaliningrad, where we experienced many happy and dramatic moments together. All victories, breakthroughs and defeats are our common story, only one. for everyone.

The 2023/2024 season has been very difficult. We renewed the team twice and made great efforts to establish mutual understanding and play. Coaches and players gave everything they had, but often didn’t get results. There were times when we were completely devastated, but until the end we believed in a happy ending. The relegation of the RPL is a personal tragedy for each of us.

It’s hard for me to say goodbye to you. I really fell in love with Kaliningrad, I met amazing people here and my family was absolutely happy in this city. It is difficult to leave a team in which you have invested so much effort, ideas and resources. But I think my cycle at the club is over.

Baltika now needs new energy, an impetus that will allow the team to gain momentum and return to the RPL.

Forward, Baltic peoples, forward to Kaliningrad! » says Ignashevich’s letter.

Sergei Ignashevich took over as head coach of Baltika in October 2021. Under his leadership, the Kaliningraders took second place in the First League in the 2022/2023 season and entered the elite division of Russian football for the first time in 25 years. In the RPL, Baltika finished in penultimate, 15th place and dropped to the First League again. In the super final of the Russian Cup, Baltika lost to Zenit with a score of 1:2.