(Adding Capello background details)
By Mark Elkington and Simon Baskett
MADRID, June 28 Real Madrid sacked coach Fabio
Capello on Thursday, 11 days after he led them to their first
Primera Liga title in four years.
The 61-year-old Italian, who also won the league title with
Real in the 1996-97 season during his first spell at the club,
had two years left to run on his contract which Spanish media
reported was worth 9.0 million euros ($12.10 million).
"We have taken the decision not to continue with Fabio
Capello next season," said Real Madrid sporting director Predrag
"It was a difficult decision, but it was a unanimous one
based on an exhaustive report I made to the board.
"We don't think Fabio Capello is the right person to lead
Real Madrid into the future given what we want this club to
"We have evaluated all he did as coach. He worked under
enormous pressure and achieved an important result in winning
"But we have to have a little more than Fabio Capello gave
us this year. We always have to look for people who can give us
more than just results.
"Because of the history of our club we have to offer more
than that. We need to play a different football to last season.
We need something more so our fans can enjoy our football again.
"Now we have time to think over who will be the next coach
of the club. We would like a young coach who will be the future
of this club."
Capello becomes the second successive coach to win the title
with Madrid -- and then be sacked as a reward. Vicente del
Bosque was sacked a day after winning the title in 2003 -- their
last championship until they won it again last week. Now the
same fate has befallen Capello.
Getafe's German coach Bernd Schuster, a former player with
both Barcelona and Real, is the favourite to replace Capello at
the Bernabeu, but Mijatovic made it clear that the club would
not announce the name of the new coach until he had freed
himself from his contract with his present club.
Capello was brought in by newly-elected club president Ramon
Calderon last July and charged with the task of reining in the
players, clearing out the dead wood and getting the club back to
The Italian, who has won a league title with every club he
has managed, delivered in all areas.
He restored team discipline, and ended the club's worst run
of form in over 50 years by leading them to the league title.
But although the team got back on the trophy trail, they did
not play with the sort of open, attacking style demanded by the
club and its fans.
The local media subjected Capello to a constant barrage of
criticism for what they saw as conservative tactics, while fans
called for his resignation after the team exited the Champions
League and the King's Cup earlier in the season.
Although many commentators gave him the benefit of the doubt
over his decision to offload Ronaldo, he came under fire from
all quarters for sidelining David Beckham after the midfielder's
announcement that he would be leaving the club.
It was only during the team's thrilling run-in to the end of
the season that the criticism from the media relented.
The decision to oust Capello is confirmation of the chronic
instability at a club which has devoured seven coaches in the
space of just four years.
It is also a highly-risky strategy. Capello has proved
beyond doubt that he is one of world's most effective coaches.
In the early 1990's, he steered AC Milan to four league
titles in five seasons before leading them to triumph in the
He guided Real to the title in 1997 and won the Scudetto
with AS Roma 2001, before winning back-to-back league titles in
2005 and 2006 with Juventus, though the club was later stripped
of the honours in the wake of the Italian match-fixing scandal.