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Fabio Capello sacked as Russia manager

Sacked: Fabio Capello
Sacked: Fabio Capello

The Russian Football Union (RFU) has confirmed that Fabio Capello's contract has been terminated - and reports suggest the Italian will receive a whopping £11m pay-off after vacating his post.

Capello leaves his role just three years before the country hosts the 2018 World Cup, with CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutski tipped to take over.

Russia lie third in Group G and are struggling to qualify for the tournament in France, and losses to Sweden and Austria have appeared to be the final straw for the board. Capello’s contract was scheduled to end after the 2018 World Cup finals, which Russia are hosting.

While his pay off seems extravagant, there may well be some doubts over whether Capello will ever receive the cash he is entitled to under the terms of his contract given the events of recent months.

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.

The veteran tactician has won two La Liga title with Real Madrid and five Serie A crowns with Milan and AS Roma, has had a glitzing club managerial career, but has struggled to make his mark during spells in charge of England Russia.

Capello left the England job under controversial circumstances in 2012 following the FA's decision to strip John Terry of team captaincy and he failed to make the impact his lofty reputation suggested he might be capable of.

He started in positive fashion as Russia boss by taking them 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.

Ross Murphy