Minasyan appointed Armenia coach

Pyunik Yerevan manager Vardan Minasyan has been appointed as coach of the Armenian national team, the country's FA announced on Friday.

The 36-year-old, who had been assistant to Jan Poulsen, has been given a contract through until the end of the UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying campaign.

Minasyan won the Armenian national title eight times as a player and was also a skipper of the national team.

"We were drawn into a very strong qualifying group, where Russia are clear favourites," Minasyan said. "Slovakia and Republic of Ireland are also very strong opponents but we will do our best to provide them all with tough games. I hope we can finish in fourth place."

Macedonia and Andorra were also drawn in the qualifying group with Armenia.