Moscow - The Russian Football Union (RFU) announced on Tuesday it had dismissed
the Italian Fabio Capello as the head coach of the country's national
"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
The 69-year-old former England manager Capello - reputed to be the
highest-paid coach in international football -- has come under
increasing pressure following a dismal run of results and the team's
lacklustre performances in Russia's Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.
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
Russia's next qualifier is a potentially decisive fixture at home to second-placed Sweden in September.
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 £15.3m needed to buy
Capello out of his contract, which was due to run until the 2018 World
A recent opinion poll showed that 53 percent of football fans in the country wanted Capello to step down.
Capello 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.
But after Russia were knocked out at the group stage of the World Cup
in Brazil without winning a game, Capello was widely criticised, and
only the backing of the country's Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko prevented
him from losing his job.