The verdict is in. The future of England national team Fabio Capello was decided today, and it was confirmed that the Italian would remain in charge as England's manager.
After England struggled to meet lofty expectations at the World Cup, Capello's future was up in the air in the immediate aftermath of England's 4-1 humiliating loss at the hands of the Germans. But after a few days of deliberating by English soccer officials, it was confirmed that Capello would stay on as coach and will guide England through qualification for Euro 2012.
Firing the coach would have cost England's FA in the neighborhood of £12 million, as he was handed a contract extension shortly after the World Cup began.
Here are a few other stories for Friday:
SOUTH KOREA COACH QUITS
Huh Jun-Moo, the coach who engineered South Korea's run to the second round, announced that he is stepping down from his post as South Korea's manager. Jun-Moo cited attacks posted online as a reason for his departure, unable to handle the criticism online of his coaching decisions. The Korean FA indicated that the coach was welcome to stay in his role after his accomplishment, but Jun-Moo decided to move on.
NIGERIA GIVEN JULY 5 DEADLINE
The news earlier in the week that Nigerian president would suspend the national team for two years wasn't received well by soccer's governing body. Nigeria has until July 5 to sort out the problems, or face a suspension leveled from FIFA as well. Government intervention is frowned upon by FIFA, and after Monday's deadline things could only get worse for Nigerian soccer.
TOURE JOINS BROTHER AT MANCHESTER CITY
Former Barcelona midfielder and Ivory Coast international Yaya Toure sealed his switch to Eastlands this week, where he'll join brother Kolo at Manchester City. The deal for the 28-year-old is reported to be in the neighborhood of £27.5 million, taking City's spending over the £50 million mark. Toure is their third signing of this summer, joining Jerome Boateng and David Silva as new additions.
What do you think of Capello staying? Will South Korea bring in a big name? What's going to happen to Nigeria? Think Manchester City overpaid for Toure?
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