Capello to take charge of Russia, claims FA vice-president

The Russian Football Union's acting chief Nikita Simonyan has revealed that the Italian coach will replace Dick Advocaat, and will sign his contract later this week
Russia is set to appoint Fabio Capello as its new head coach after negotiations between the two parties, vice-president of the Russian Football Union (RFU) Nikita Simonyan has revealed.

The RFU has been in the market for a new trainer since the departure of Dick Advocaat to PSV following a disappointing Euro 2012 campaign.

A shortlist including the likes of Pep Guardiola, Harry Redknapp, Marcelo Bielsa and Capello was released last week, and the RFU has now opted to give the job to the Italian coach.

"We have decided to appoint Fabio Capello as the new coach of our national team," Simonyan was quoted as saying by ITAR-TASS.

"In the next couple of days Capello will sign the contract in Moscow."

The 66-year-old, who was in charge of the England until February, is reportedly set to earn an annual salary in the region of 12 million euros. His first objective will be qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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