Thursday July 3 2014
'Capello to stay as Russia boss'

The President of the Russian Football Federation says Coach Fabio Capello will remain in his post despite a poor World Cup.

The Italian tactician presided over a Group Stage exit from the tournament in Brazil, where the team failed to win any of their matches.

Russia’s performances have attracted severe criticism back home, with some MPs even wanting Capello summoned before Parliament to explain the team’s shortcomings.

However, Nikolai Tolstikh today called for perspective and said the former England boss had improved the national team during his tenure.

“In September our team will participate in qualification for the European Championships, without forgetting preparations for our home World Cup,” he said.

“The criticism and analysis is normal, but we need to focus on the improvement of the play of our team, so we need to be constructive.

“When we talk about the length of Capello’s contract, there are no termination clauses. Now we need to talk about something else.”

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