Fabio Capello’s time as head coach of the Russian national team has not gone as planned.
Hired in 2012 to rebuild Russian football and make the nation a contender when they host the World Cup in 2018, the team has faltered as Capello has not lived up to his high-priced contract.
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First, the Russian FA didn’t have enough money to pay Capello, and now it looks like they want to stop paying him altogether.
Nikita Simonyan, the current president of the Russian FA, spoke about their future plans at a news conference.
At the moment Capello is not sacked, even though we have paid off all his debts. For this I would like to express my gratitude to [Arsenal shareholder] Alisher Usmanov and [Russia’s Minister for Sport] Vitaly Mutko.
We will conduct more talks with Capello on whether he will be working for us, or if he will be leaving us.”
Umsanov and Mutko paid Capello’s owed salary out of pocket, as Russia was in financial troubles and unable to pay his wages.
Russia bowed out of the group stage of the 2014 World Cup under Capello without winning a game, and currently sits third in Group G of EURO 2016 qualifying. After a loss to Austria last month, it was rumored Capello would be sacked.
One Russian official was reported as calling the situation a “soap opera,” as every day it seems more and more likely that Capello is on his way out.