The power has changed in Spartak. The club was headed by a good friend of Fedun.
Andrey Pankov June 20, 2023, 20:20 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
The new CEO is Oleg Malyshev. What is known about him?
In “Spartacus” another change of power. The club already has a new general manager. Evgeny Melezhikov, who held this position since June 2021, is leaving the club. His place was taken by Oleg Malyshev. Very little is known about Malyshev, this is a new name for Russian football. Who is he and why will he take a leading position in Spartak? This text answers the main questions.
Who is Oleg Malyshev?
Malyshev worked for 18 years at the British consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, or rather, at its Russian branch. The firm provides audit and advisory services, as well as legal and tax services to public and private companies in various industries. PwC also worked with the RPL, helping to carry out research on our football: for example, it studied the pros and cons of a possible expansion of the RPL to 18 clubs.
After leaving PwC, Malyshev founded his own consulting firm OKS Labs, which helped Ashot Khachaturyants develop a new RPL development strategy in 2021.
What does Malyshev have to do with Spartak?
According to our sources, Spartak (represented by Fedun) several years ago turned to PwC, namely Malyshev, for consulting assistance. The Muscovites leadership asked the future CEO to assess sports risks during transfer windows.
During this consultancy work, Malyshev developed a good relationship with Fedun and the Spartak leadership, which only grew stronger over the years. The logical development of these relations was the inclusion of Malyshev in the new board of directors in the fall of 2022, which was reconvened after Fedun’s departure. Malyshev was included in it as an independent director.
This text contains possible answers for Malyshev to questions about how to catch up with Zenit:
Nothing prevents Spartak and the rest of the points from being like Zenit. What is needed for this?
Why Malyshev will be in charge?
According to our information, after joining the board of directors, Malyshev’s influence began to grow. He was actively involved in club life, transfers and decision-making. As our sources say, of all the members of the board of directors, Malyshev is the most fan of Spartak.
The new CEO was the only one of the council members who really wanted to become the head of the club. For him, according to our sources, it is a matter of life. Therefore, when the decision was made to leave Melezhikov, Malyshev’s candidacy was, in fact, the only one.