Some Russian fans are calling for the dismissal of coach Fabio Capello after the national team’s poor start to Euro 2016 qualifying, Football Italia reports. Capello’s men are currently second in Group G with five points from three games after a pair of 1-1 draws away to Sweden and at home to Moldova during the current international break.
Speaking to reporters following the latter result against lowly Moldova on Monday, Russian Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko insisted that Russia would still qualify for the finals in France, but that results had better improve. “I’m sure the boys will get through the group and qualify for Euro 2016, but I wasn’t pleased with the result or the game,” Mutkov told Interfax. “This is not at all convincing. It's bad. The fans aren’t pleased and nor am I. I missed Sunday’s Formula 1 race [in Sochi] to attend the match.” He added: “In the stands there [at the Grand Prix], there were 55,000 people cheering for our Russian driver Danil Kvyat, I want people to have this kind of love for soccer again.”
Capello is currently the highest paid coach in international soccer, earning 8.3 million pounds ($13.2 million) per year. The Italian’s current contract takes him up to the 2018 World Cup, which Russia will host.