Russia parts ways with Italian coach Fabio Capello
Russia has terminated the contract of Fabio Capello, its coach, 3 years before he was due to lead the team at the 2018 World Cup.
Formerly the coach of the England national team, Capello has paid the price for a run of form which has left Russia struggling to qualify for the European Championship in France, next year.
He was contracted till the end of the 2018 tournament, which would see the country host the World Cup for the very first time.
“The Russian Football Union and head coach of the national team of Russia, Fabio Capello, have reached an agreement to terminate the employment contract by mutual agreement,” read a statement on the Russian Football Union’s (RFU) website.
“RFU sincerely thank Fabio Capello for his work as head coach and wish him success in his future career”
“Fabio Capello, in turn, thanks the RFU for their help and support he has felt throughout the years. He is also grateful to players for working together and the fans-for the sincere support team.”
Capello’s Record as Russian Manager
(Competitive matches only)
Capello’s final match while he was in charge of the team was a 1-0 home defeat to Austria in June, a loss which left Russia third in its Euro 2016 qualifying group- http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/14/football/fabio-capello-russia-world-cup-2018/index.html (follow this link for more information).
He took over as the coach for Russia in July 2012 and led it to the top of its qualifying group for the 2014 World Cup-its first appearance in the competition for 12 years.
However, Russia did not win a single match in Brazil and it was eliminated in the group stage.
Previously, Capello managed England at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa where it lost 4-1 to Germany in the round of 16.