Fabio Capello makes a reported $11 million per year as the manager of Russia’s national team.
Based on the team’s recent run of form, that’s a hefty price tag considering the club couldn’t defeat a lowly Moldova side that is ranked 105th in the world.
While the Russian side has struggled, earning only one win in their last six competitive matches, Capello has not been paid by the Russian Football Union.
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The reason for the stop in payment is unknown. While the RFU has had financial troubles in the past, if Capello’s side was winning games, you can be sure he would be cashing checks.
The Italian manager, who had stints at top clubs such as Roma, Real Madrid, Juventus, and England’s national side, Capello was brought in to lead a revival of Russian football.
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With Russia hosting the World Cup in 2018, the RFU designed a plan to revitalize the national team and make them a contender as the host nation in four years. However, Capello’s spell in Moscow has not gone as smoothly as planned.
After bowing out in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup, politicians called for Capello to testify before parliament, calling him “a thief.” Even with the team’s poor performance and extreme criticism of the manager, Capello said he was committed to Russia through the 2018 World Cup.
Let’s just see how long Capello is committed if he continues to coach for free.