Moscow - Under-fire Fabio Capello's reign as Russia manager
looks doomed after the country's sports minister said a decision on the
Italian's future had already been taken.
"There's no secret, we've already taken certain
decisions (about Capello's fate)," ITAR-TASS news agency quoted minister
Vitaly Mutko as saying on Wednesday.
"All the questions concerning national team management
will be settled before the end of the month," the minister said.
Ex-England manager Capello -- reputed to be the highest paid
international coach -- has come under increasing pressure following a dismal
run of results in Russia's Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.
The R-sport agency quoted an unnamed football union source
as saying that the official announcement of Capello's departure will be made
once the two sides hammer out the vast sum it will likely cost to buy him out
of his contract.
"The decision has already been taken. But there are
still some technical details concerning the size of compensation for cancelling
Capello's contract," the agency report said.
Press reports also said that the RFU were considering three
new candidates, naming CSKA head coach Leonid Slutsky, FC Krasnodar manager
Oleg Kononov and former Russian assistant coach Alexander Borodyuk.
Earlier this week Capello oversaw a 1-0 home defeat to Group
G leaders Austria in Euro 2016 qualifiers.
Also read: Capello under fire after Austria flop
The defeat and above all the team's poor performance caused
widespread anger and some fierce calls to ditch Capello immediately.
"It's a dead end for the national squad," Sport
Express daily front page headline declared after Sunday's defeat.
"Capello created this lily-livered team," said
former Spartak Moscow great and Soviet international defender Yevgeny Lovchev
to Soviet Sport newspaper.
"The team, which he (Capello) took over in 2012, was
stronger than his current squad. It's the true index of his coaching
With just eight points from their six qualifying matches so
far, Russia face a battle to make it to the finals in France next year as they
trail second-placed Sweden by four points with only the top two going through
Russia's next qualifier is a potentially decisive fixture at
home to Sweden on September 5 with a trip to Liechtenstein following just three
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