Report: Russian Football Union Offers Capello Two-Year Deal Leading Up To World Cup
Former England head coach FABIO CAPELLO was in Moscow on Thursday to meet with Russian Football officials regarding the "possibility of him coaching the country's national team," according to Gennady Fyodorov of REUTERS. Russian Sports Minister VITALY MUTKO said, "Today Capello visited the Russian Football Union headquarters, conducting negotiations." Capello is "seen by many as the front-runner" for the job, which opened up after Dutchman DICK ADVOCAAT's departure following Russia's poor performance at the Euro Championships. Capello's agent and son PIERFILIPPO CAPELLO said, "I can say that my father would be very interested to become Russia's coach. He has always been a great admirer of the Russian team and I know the he would be glad to talk to (RFU) officials and listen to their proposals" (REUTERS, 7/12). Spanish wire service EFE reported that Capello has "received an offer to direct" the Russian team for the next two years, with the objective of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil (EFE, 7/12).