Following the game SKA vs. Dinamo Minsk, SKA's board of directors voted to dismiss head coach Ivan Zanatta and named Vaclav Sikora as acting head coach.
Several hours earlier, the management of Avtomobilist made a similar decision. Head coach Evgeny Popikhin and assistant coach Petr Malkov were both dismissed. Evgeny Mukhin was named acting head coach, and his assistants will be Leonid Gryaznov and Albert Shirgaziyev. Simultaneously, forward Alexander Gulyavtsev was named the team's playing coach.