After three years in charge of the Russian national team, Fabio Capello is out.
The Italian coach, 69, failed to win a game at the 2014 World Cup and has won just two of his last 10 games in charge of Russia. That poor run of form prompted the removal of Capello, as the hosts of the 2018 World Cup are now without manager less than three years before the 2018 World Cup.
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Capello was reportedly paid a $16 million compensation fee by the Russian Football Union (RFU) after having his contract terminated. The former head coach of England was contracted to led the Russian squad through the end of the 2018 World Cup after extending his deal in 2014.
Although Capello lost just five of his 32 games in charge of Russia after he took over in July 2012, the Italian was under plenty of pressure in recent months as his squad took just eight points from their first six matches in qualifying for the 2016 European Championships. Plus, fans recently launched a fundraising campaign to try and pay out the rest of Capello’s contract. Yeah, it’s got that bad.
In fairness, Capello has been working under pretty stressful circumstances as he has gone large periods without being paid by the RFU due to financial issues. Billionaire Alisher Usmanov loaned the RFU money in February to pay Capello’s wages and clear an eight-month backlog where he hadn’t been paid.
Sure, the former Real Madrid and Juventus boss isn’t hurting for cash (unless his taste for expensive art is burning a massive hole in his pocket) but he could have easily walked out a number of times. However, Capello tried to stick with the project and if Islam Slimani hadn’t scored a second half equalizer for Algeria in Russia’s final group game at the World Cup last summer he would have guided them to the knockout rounds.