FA yet to start search for Capello’s replacement

London: The England Football Association is yet to start its search for a replacement for coach Fabio Capello, who is due to step down from his position after the 2012 European Championships, if England qualify.

FA chairman David Bernstein said: “It is not something on our agenda at the moment. We are completely behind Fabio. You cannot be half-pregnant with these things. You need to be completely behind your manager. We are supporting Fabio on Friday and hopefully right the way through the Euros.”

A report on Wednesday suggested some FA officials were open to the idea of Capello remaining as England boss beyond the tournament in Poland and Ukraine.

Bernstein rejected the idea, saying: “I love the media. They are amazing, aren’t they? One day he is going next week, the next day he is staying for 20 years. The position is very clear. He is our manager until the end of the European Championships. That is it.”

Capello took over from Steve McClaren following England’s disastrous Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.

The Italian led his team to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but they were eliminated in the second round after a 4-1 defeat by Germany.


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