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Monday, June 21, 2010
Richards backing for Capello

Soccernet staff

FA international committee chairman Sir Dave Richards has indicated to Soccernet that he has no intention of sacking Fabio Capello.

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Capello has come under scrutiny after England's failure to beat USA and Algeria left them needing a victory in Wednesday's final group game against Slovenia to book their place in the second round, but Richards remains confident.

"Let's wait and see what happens on Wednesday," he told Soccernet. "That's what we are here for. He is a great man!"

Richards was instrumental in warding off the advances of Inter Milan this summer as they sought Capello as a replacement for Jose Mourinho. As part of that process, he made changes to Capello's contract to remove a break clause from the four-year deal, which would make his sacking a far more difficult process.

Adrian Bevington, Club England's managing director, plans a TV interview on Monday to put the record straight about Capello's future and to dampen the hysteria of any player revolt within the England camp.

Bevington told Soccernet that the FA is eagerly anticipating a change in the team's fortunes against Slovenia on Wednesday and, in the meantime, no alarm bells are ringing about Capello's future or the perceived revolt among the players led by deposed captain John Terry.

Bevington issued a press statement on Sunday, which was lost in the general frenzy created by Terry's remarks that he would voice his grievances about team selection to Capello.

"Fabio was given a contract until 2012 and nothing has changed in that respect," Bevington told Five Live. "Our position was very clear when we dealt with this three or four weeks ago.

"Nothing has changed as far as we are concerned. All we are concentrating on is getting a win on Wednesday and trying to get through to the next round."




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