Moscow - Under-fire Fabio Capello's reign as Russia manager looks doomed after
the country's sports minister said a decision on the Italian's future
had already been taken.
"There's no secret, we've already taken
certain decisions (about Capello's fate)," ITAR-TASS news agency quoted
minister Vitaly Mutko as saying on Wednesday.
"All the questions concerning national team management will be settled before the end of the month," the minister said.
manager Capello - reputed to be the highest paid international coach - has come under increasing pressure following a dismal run of results
in Russia's Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.
The R-sport agency
quoted an unnamed football union source as saying that the official
announcement of Capello's departure will be made once the two sides
hammer out the vast sum it will likely cost to buy him out of his
"The decision has already been taken. But there are
still some technical details concerning the size of compensation for
cancelling Capello's contract," the agency report said.
reports also said that the RFU were considering three new candidates,
naming CSKA head coach Leonid Slutsky, FC Krasnodar manager Oleg Kononov
and former Russian assistant coach Alexander Borodyuk.
Meanwhile, the RFU said Wednesday that no official decision about Capello's fate has been taken yet.
connection with the information about the possibility of Capello's
retirement the RFU would like to inform that no official decision upon
the case has been taken," the organisation official site stated.
"The question will be discussed at the RFU executive committee's next meeting."
The RFU executive board next meeting is expected to take place on Wednesday, June 24.
Earlier this week Capello oversaw a 1-0 home defeat to Group G leaders Austria in Euro 2016 qualifiers.
The defeat and above all the team's poor performance caused widespread anger and some fierce calls to ditch Capello immediately.
"It's a dead end for the national squad," Sport Express daily front page headline declared after Sunday's defeat.
created this lily-livered team," said former Spartak Moscow great and
Soviet international defender Yevgeny Lovchev to Soviet Sport newspaper.
"The team, which he (Capello) took over in 2012, was stronger than his current squad. It's the true index of his coaching work."
just eight points from their six qualifying matches so far, Russia face
a battle to make it to the finals in France next year as they trail
second-placed Sweden by four points with only the top two going through
Russia's next qualifier is a potentially decisive
fixture at home to Sweden on September 5 with a trip to Liechtenstein
following just three days later.