MOSCOW (AFP) – Russian Football Union (RFU) chief Nikolai Tolstykh has admitted that national coach Fabio Capello would be highly unlikely to continue in the job if his team failed to qualify for Euro 2016, local media reported on Monday.
“The RFU has enough possibilities to cancel Capello’s contract,” the website www.sports.ru quoted Tolstykh as saying.
“The contract provides the RFU with the opportunity to sack the coach in case of the team’s poor results. The team’s failure to make it into the Euro 2016 finals will be seen as a breach of his contract.
“But we consider it to be incorrect to stress these conditions ahead of the national team’s crucial matches in Euro 2016 qualifying.”
Last year the 68-year-old Italian, who is reportedly the world’s highest paid coach, signed a lucrative new contract to stay in the job through to the end of the 2018 World Cup, which Russia will host.