Moscow - Russian's Football Union (RFU) on Tuesday finally dismissed
Fabio Capello as national team head coach, ending the Italian's three years in
charge after a string of disappointing results.
"The Russian Football Union and the head coach of the
national team, Fabio Capello, have mutually agreed to terminate his employment
contract," the union said in a statement.
"The RFU sincerely thanks Capello for his work as the
country's national team head coach and wishes him success in his future
Capello -- who is reported to be the highest-paid coach in
international football -- took over the Russian team in 2012 and took them to
the 2014 World Cup before being given a lucrative new contract to stay in the
job through to the end of the 2018 World Cup, which Russia will host.
Also read: Capello keeps Russia job for now
The former England boss is expected to come to Moscow on
Wednesday to formally end his contract with the RFU.
A source told Russian news wire R-Sport that the 69-year-old
coach will receive around 930 million roubles ($16.3m, 10.5m, 14.8m euros) in
"That's the way of the football world," ITAR-TASS
news agency quoted Capello's assistant Oreste Cinquini as saying in comments
translated into Russian.
"But we don't have any hard feelings towards the
-- Poor results --
Capello has come under increasing pressure following a
dismal run of results and the team's lacklustre performances in Russia's Euro 2016
Russia have just two wins to their name from six matches in
qualifying Group G -- a 4-0 home victory over Liechtenstein last September
before being awarded a 3-0 victory from the abandoned clash against Montenegro
in Podgorica in March.
They have been held at home by minnows Moldova and suffered
two defeats to group leaders Austria.
Russia are third in the group with four matches to go,
meaning their place at Euro 2016 in France this time next year is far from
secure as only the best third-placed side from the nine groups will qualify
along with the top two sides from each section, and the rest going into
The RFU has not named any candidates to replace the Italian
at the helm of the country's national side so far, although local press had
earlier named CSKA Moscow head coach Leonid Slutsky, FC Krasnodar manager Oleg
Kononov and former Russian assistant coach Alexander Borodyuk as possible
The union will need to find a replacement for Capello as
soon as possible as the country's next Euro 2016 qualifier is a potentially
decisive fixture at home to second-placed Sweden on September 5.
Discontent towards Capello started after Russia were knocked
out at the group stage of the World Cup in Brazil last year without winning a
Capello was widely criticised, and only the backing of the
country's Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko prevented him from losing his job.
After last month's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Austria in
Moscow, a group of Russian football fans started a fund-raising campaign aimed
at collecting the sum of 21.4 million euros ($23.6m, 15.3m) needed to buy
Capello out of his contract.
A recent opinion poll showed that 53 percent of football
fans in the country wanted Capello to step down.
Lawmakers in the lower house of Russia's parliament, the
State Duma, praised the decision to let the Italian go.
"It's a good step by both the RFU and Capello,"
RIA-Novosti agency quoted an unnamed deputy as saying.
"And without doubt it is a very courageous act by
Capello. Despite the fact that he has failed to show his best here in Russia he
is definitely a great coach."For
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