The Russian Football Union (RFU) terminated the services of head coach Fabio Capello after he served three years in the post. The 69-year-old signed a four-year contract extension in 2014, but the Italian’s deal has been ended after a sequence of poor results. Russia will be hosting the World Cup in 2018.
Currently, Russia is playing the Euro 2016 qualifiers and secured just 8 points in 6 games. Russia now faces a must-win playoff to qualify for the finals to be held next year.
Russia was knocked out from the group stage in last year’s Brazil World Cup without having registered a win under the former England boss.
The Russian Football Union (RFU) said it has “reached an agreement to terminate his contract by mutual consent”
“The Russian Football Union and head coach of the national team of Russia, Fabio Capello, have reached an agreement to terminate the employment contract by mutual agreement,” read a statement on the Russian Football Union’s (RFU) website.
“RFU sincerely thank Fabio Capello for his work as head coach and wish him success in his future career.
“Fabio Capello, in turn, thanks the RFU for their help and support he has felt throughout the years. He is also grateful to the players for working together, and the fans – for the sincere support team.”
Capello has received 15 million euros (£10.7m) in compensation from the RFU, according to reports.
There was increasing pressure from the fans to remove Capello; even last month, fans staged a fund raising program to see the Italian out of his contract.