The Russian Football Union (RFU) will not be revising terms of its contract with Russian national football team’s Head Coach Fabio Capello, RFU President Nikolay Tolstykh said on Thursday.
“The contract is in force and there will be no revision of its terms,” Tolstykh told journalists.
Titled Italian coach Capello has not been paid under his contract with the RFU for over four months. According to various media reports, the RFU’s current debt to the Italian coach stands at some 250 million rubles (over $6 million). The RFU, however, does not keep it a secret that the union experiences financial difficulties at the moment and its budget deficit stands at 500 million rubles ($11.5 million).
The Russian national squad experienced a string of setbacks over the past decade failing to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany and 2010 championship in South Africa to the great dismay of the Russian football fans.
Things changed, however, when Italian phenomenon Capello took over the team as the head coach and managed to help the Russian national squad to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The team, however, failed to clear the first stage of the much-anticipated global tournament putting their coach in the center of stern criticism and raising serious concerns in the country about the team’s performance in the next World Cup, which would be hosted by Russia in 2018.