Russia sack Fabio Capello, while Leonid Slutsky waits in the wings

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 14 July 2015, 10:26

Fabio CapelloFabio Capello's miserable tenure in charge of Russia has come to an end after the Russian Football Union terminated his contract. The Italian, who had three years remaining on his deal, had endured a torrid time during the last year, having failed miserably at the World Cup, while the country have struggled so far in their quest to qualify for Euro 2016.

Money Money Money

Back in July 2012 Capello signed a two-year contract with Russia, which was later extended to keep him in charge until after the 2018 World Cup, which the country will be hosting. The deal was believed to be worth an eye-popping lb6.8m a year, but his early departure means he is expected to be handed a staggering lb10.5m in compensation.

The former England boss successfully led Russia through to the 2014 World Cup, but they meekly flopped in the group stages, failing to win a single game in a group containing the likes of Algeria and South Korea.

Russia have since endured a frustrating time in qualifying for next summer's European Championships in France. The National Team have won two, drawn two, and lost two in Group G, leaving them in 3rd place; four points adrift of the automatic qualifcation places with just four games remaining.

New Man On The Scene

According to reports the CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutsky is expected to replace Capello in the dugout. The 44-year-old has been in charge of the capital club since 2009, winning the Russian Premier League on two occasions, while he also has a brace of Russian Cups, and a couple of Super Cups.

Prior to that the former goalkeeper managed the likes of Krylia Sovetov, FC Moscow, Uralan Elista, and Olimpia Volgograd.

If Slutsky does trade CSKA for the Russian national team, then he will be charged with leading his country through to Euro 2016, before preparing for the 2018 World Cup on home soil.

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