Fabio Capello Set To Become Russia Head Coachby Jack Kitson / 18 July 2012, 09:40Tweet
The Russian Football Union’s unusual decision to publicise an online list of 13 potential managers last week appears to have worked as they are set tosnap up a high-profile name that they so desperately craved. That man is former England manager Fabio Capello who will return to the management arena five months after his controversial Three Lions departure. The Italian will sign a two-year deal to become head coach of the Russian national team and in the process earn a stunning £8million a year.
Russia, who are ranked 13th in the world, certainly have the players to make an impact at major tournaments. There is no doubt that they have the attacking talent to cause any team problems but their defence will need tightening if they are to fulfil their potential. Russia got off to a flying start at Euro 2012 with a 4-1 thrashing of Czech Republic. However, a draw to Poland followed by a shock defeat to Greece saw them bow out in the Group Stages.
When the formalities are out the way Capello's focus will turn to qualification to World Cup 2014. Russia have been drawn in Group F alongside Portugal, Israel, Northern Ireland, Azerbaijan and Luxembourgo. They kick off their campaign at home to Northern Ireland on September 7th, with Paddy Power pricing Russia as the 7/4 second favourites to win the group, while they can be backed to go all the way and win the World Cup at 55/1. Capello’s first match in charge will be an international friendly against the Ivory Coast on August 15th.