Capello wants £12m pay-off to clear off
Published 23:03 28/06/10 By John Cross
Fabio Capello is holding out for a £12m pay-off after being left sweating on his future by the Football Association.
Capello wants to stay on even after FA chiefs began the end game by carrying out a review of his position following England’s World Cup flop.
England boss Capello has already consulted his son and lawyer Pierfilippo about his future and will not quit with two seasons left on his £6m-a-year contract.
It leaves the FA - led by chairman of Club England Sir Dave Richards - facing a decision within the next fortnight of either sacking or backing Capello after he flew home last night following their defeat by Germany.
But Capello, 64, said last night: “I have spoken with Sir Dave Richards about the two years that I have worked with the FA. They appreciated my work and what all my staff had done. He told me that he has to take two weeks to make the decision.
“Absolutely I want to stay. I received a lot of offers to be a manager at other clubs.
“I decided to stay here because I like being England manager and also I will accept whatever the FA decides.
“I am disappointed for the fans who followed us and spent a lot of money. I said that my focus was to arrive at the final so I say sorry to them for that result.”
Capello’s future is now in the balance and Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp yesterday admitted he would be interested in the job while Fulham’s Roy Hodgson has also stalled on taking the Liverpool job to see what happens next.
The FA appear to have scored a massive own goal on the eve of the World Cup after removing a get-out clause which would have allowed them to review Capello’s position and not have to pay any compensation.
But with Italian giants Inter Milan having declared their interest publicly in Capello, the FA caved in and removed the clause - and it may now cost them a cool £12m.
There would be no shortage of takers for Capello despite his World Cup failure and Liverpool are watching developments and would be keen if the FA decide to dismiss him.
The FA set a bare minimum of reaching the quarter finals and, after dissent in the ranks within the England set-up during the World Cup, they will now look at whether Capello is the right man to stay in charge for the Euro 2012 campaign.
But the FA, aware that some players are in danger of losing faith with the manager, will also be interested whether there is a public backlash against Capello following England’s poor World Cup campaign and that may decide his fate.
But Capello is taking no chances and is taking legal advice to ensure that he gets a full pay-out on his contract.