Russian minister insists money not in the way of firing coach Capello
MOSCOW -- Money will be no object if Russia decides to fire national football team coach Fabio Capello, despite reports he could be due up to $24 million in compensation, the country's sports minister says.
Capello's job is on the line after the 2018 World Cup host nation won just two of its last 10 competitive matches, putting Russia in danger of failing to qualify for next year's European Championship.
The Russian Football Union's deep debts have sparked speculation that it may not afford to fire Capello given the size of the compensation involved, reportedly over 21 million euros ($24 million).
However, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko says money is not an issue and "there are no problems whatsoever with canceling the contract," in comments reported by R-Sport.