Fabio Capello becoming ‘annoyed’ with FA delaying decision on England job

July 1st, 2010

The Football Association risks losing Fabio Capello as England manager if it prevaricates too long over his future or fails to give him its full support.

Irritated: Sources close to Fabio Capello reveal he been annoyed by some of the noises coming from the FA over his future as England manager (Photo: PA)

Although Capello is desperate to stay in charge, and exact “revenge” for the disastrous World Cup campaign, he is also a proud man and has been annoyed by some of the noises coming from the FA, according to sources close to him.

Capello’s stance is that he wants to stay but only if he is wanted and he has the support of the organisation. Suggestions – true or otherwise – that the FA may only retain him because they do not want to pay the £12 million compensation he is due have not been well-received.

It is also understood that Capello has been irritated by further suggestions that the FA will only stick with him because of the absence of a viable alternative. This theory lacks credibility, of course, but the Italian is aware of the theories.

If Capello does not retain the full support of the FA, following the two-week ‘cooling off’ period set by Sir Dave Richards, the chairman of Club England, then he will want to negotiate his departure.

He has two years left on his contract and following the removal of a “break clause” in his deal prior to the World Cup he would be due the full settlement of his £6 million-a-year salary.

Capello has accepted the timeframe imposed by the FA but is understood to be unimpressed by the fact that the organisation appears to want to see how public – and media – opinion pans out before it makes a final decision.

However it does seem highly unlikely that there is an appetite to sack Capello despite England’s poor campaign and early exit from the tournament.

Capello believes he is the right man to sort things out but he also wants to receive the necessary backing or he will seek to agree a severance deal and look for new employment. Matters have been further complicated because Richards is now understood to be ill.

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