69 year old Italian manager Fabio Capello’s contract as the coach of Russia has been in ended, three years before the country hosts the 2018 World Cup.
The Russian Football Union (RFU) has confirmed the Italian’s departure and while it did not name a successor, the CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutski is expected to take over.
“The Russian Football Union and the head coach of Russia’s national team, Fabio Capello, have reached an agreement to terminate the employment contract by mutual agreement,” the RFU said on its website.
The RFU had indicated it would have talks in June about ending Capello’s contract worth a reported £6.8m a year following Russia’s defeat in a Euro 2016 qualifier by Austria.
The Russians are third in Group G and are struggling to qualify for the tournament in France. Capello’s contract was scheduled to end after the 2018 World Cup finals, which Russia are hosting.
The Italian had gone unpaid paid for eight months because of financial problems at the RFU until the Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov stepped in with a loan to settle the £3.9m he was owed.
Capello, who coached England at the 2010 World Cup, took over as Russia’s coach after leaving the England job, in July 2012.
He took Russia to their first World Cup finals for 12 years in 2014 but they were knocked out in the group stage after failing to win a match.
Fabio Capello has managed big teams like AC Milan, Real Madrid, Juventus, Roma before and managed England National team also.