FA still supportive of Capello
21 Jun 2010 - 07:43:03
The Football Association is refusing to confirm or deny reports that Fabio Capello will resign as manager should he fail to guide England to at least the last 16 of the World Cup.
Capello's two-and-a-half-year reign has come under the spotlight following a disappointing start to the tournament in South Africa.
The Three Lions need to win their final Group C game against Slovenia in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday following dour draws with the United States in Algeria.
Capello previously claimed that the final was a realistic target for England in South Africa but his star-studded side is in danger of falling at the first hurdle.
That has led to a wave of media reports claiming the Italian will walk away from a contract that runs until after Euro 2012.
Capello and the FA agreed to remove a post-World Cup release clause in his contract on the eve of the tournament, but the association's director of communications, Adrian Bevington, is refusing to contemplate the possibility of losing the former Real Madrid, AC Milan and Roma coach should England fail.
"We are absolutely focused on Wednesday night's game," said Bevington, who is also the managing director of Club England.
"Nothing else is in our minds. We are fully supportive of Fabio Capello and the England team and believe they will have the total support of the England fans in Port Elizabeth this week."