Real Madrid sack coach Capello after title victory
28 June 2007, MADRID - Fabio Capello was fired as coach of Real Madrid Thursday, less than two weeks after leading the club to its first league title in four years.
28 June 2007
MADRID - Fabio Capello was fired as coach of Real Madrid Thursday, less than two weeks after leading the club to its first league title in four years.
Madrid's sports director Predrag Mijatovic said the decision, which was widely expected, was made at a board meeting Thursday. He said the club was considering several candidates to replace the Italian coach but would not give any names.
Speculation has been rampant in recent weeks that the club would get rid of Capello, despite winning the league on June 17, ending a four-year trophy drought.
The decision came as Capello, who had two years remaining on his contract, was on holiday abroad. It is the second time he is fired by Madrid immediately after winning the league title _ he suffered the same fate in 1997.
Mijatovic said he had presented a report "on all that happened last season" which led to a unanimous decision not to keep Capello.
"It was a difficult decision to take knowing that, despite everything, Fabio Capello had a good season. He has worked hard," Mijatovic said.
He did not elaborate on the reasons for sacking Capello, saying only that "we felt he wasn't the most suitable person to carry out what we plan to do" over the next couple of seasons.
Capello's season was overshadowed by problems, particularly his unpopular decision to bench David Beckham after the England midfielder signed a contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
"A major fault of mine was not to recognize Beckham's potential," Capello said after winning the league title.
A poor goal tally coupled with underachieving performances at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium and the exit of striker Ronaldo to AC Milan had had fans calling for Capello's dismissal, which the Italian reportedly twice offered.
Club president Ramon Calderon said earlier this week Madrid was considering offering the job to Arsene Wenger, Ronald Koeman or Michael Laudrup.
But Spanish media said Calderon favors Bernd Schuster, Getafe's German coach and a former star for Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
Getafe FC posted a statement on its Web side Thursday insisting Schuster had a contract with the club until June 2008.
Calderon has previously said likes Schuster as a coach, and had suggested him last year as a replacement for Lopez Caro, who had a six-month spell in charge of Madrid after replacing Vanderlei Luxemburgo. Caro was replaced by Capello instead.
[Copyright AP with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news