Capello in Moscow to 'negotiate with Anzhi'
Published : 12 Feb 2012 13:46:53
Former England coach Fabio Capello arrived in Moscow to hold talks with Russian Premier League club Anzhi Makhachkala, daily newspaper Sport Express reported on Sunday.
The 65-year-old Italian manager, who was considered by Anzhi chiefs as a possible candidate for the club's head coach post even when he was coaching the English national squad, came to Moscow just days after his resignation.
Another daily, Soviet Sport, reported that Capello was expected to join Anzhi in Turkey next week, where the club will spend two weeks training in the Mediterrean resort of Belek ahead of the restart of the domestic season after the winter break.
On Saturday local media reported that Anzhi manager Yury Krasnozhan, who took over the club in December, was sacked but the club refused to confirm the information.
Anzhi said that Krasnozhan's future would be decided on Monday, adding however that the club had sacked general director Soslan Soziev.
Meanwhile, Soviet Sport reported that Krasnozhan would be shifted within the club, Anzhi offering him the post of deputy president.
"There will be changes in the club staff," Anzhi's current deputy president German Chistyakov said. "We have serious reasons for those changes."
Anzhi, founded in 1991, have enjoyed little success in Russian football until being acquired by the tycoon Suleyman Kerimov last year and going on a spending spree that landed them Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto'o and Brazilian Roberto Carlos.
Anzhi are currently seventh in the Russian Premiership with 52 points from 32 matches, 13 points behind the leaders Zenit St Petersburg.
Anzhi, whose players live and train in Moscow for security reasons and travel 1,250 miles to Makhachkala in Dagestan - one of Russia's most impoverished and violent regions, for home games of the Russian Premier League.