Capello still set to leave
Bernstein insists reports of contract extension are untrue

Reports suggesting Fabio Capello will remain as England manager beyond the finals of Euro 2012 are wide of the mark, according to Football Association chairman David Bernstein.

Despite the Italian confirming after the 2010 World Cup underachievement his intention to leave next summer, there has been speculation his contract could be extended.

The rumours come as a surprise, especially after paper talk in the last international break which suggested the FA was planning on sacking Capello and replacing him with Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp.

Ahead of England's final Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro, Bernstein is equally confused by the reports because the FA chief insists there has been no change in the plan for Capello to leave next summer.

Bernstein told the Leaders in Football conference in London: "One day he's going to go next week, the next day he's going to stay for 20 years.

"The position is very clear. He is our manager until the end of the European Championship. That is it."


Redknapp, West Brom manager Roy Hodgson, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and former England captain Alan Shearer have all been mentioned as possible successors to Capello.

But on the search for a replacement, Bernstein said: "It is not something on our agenda at the moment. You can't be half-pregnant at these things."

Bernstein also insisted the FA is determined to learn the lessons from England's World Cup failure and would not keep the team isolated in their hotel during Euro 2012.

He suggested the squad would follow the example of World Cup runners-up Holland, who visited Robben Island - where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned - during their month in South Africa.
Bernstein said: "There are many lessons to be learnt from last year's World Cup experience and, believe me, these are being taken fully on board.

"We are placing far greater emphasis on what we can do to provide an enjoyable environment and experience at tournaments.

"We are determined our teams will fully embrace being involved at World Cups and European Championship, be good tourists engaging with fans, staying more centrally and not being isolated."


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