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Mullery: Money affected FA decision

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Former England captain Alan Mullery claims the size of a potential pay-off has deterred the Football Association from replacing Fabio Capello as national team manager.

The FA announced that the Italian would remain in charge of the England side despite failing at the World Cup in South Africa. Capello has two years remaining on a £6million-a-year contract which was renegotiated just a month ago to remove an escape clause.

Mullery told Sky Sports News: "It didn't surprise me at all. I think if they had offered him the money for the two years he has got on his contract he probably would have gone, and quite willingly."

He added: "But I don't think the FA have got that sort of money to pay a new manager, and if they have got to fork out £12million, I think they would rather keep him."

England struggled through the group stage at the World Cup and then crashed out of the tournament with a 4-1 thrashing by Germany at the last-16 stage.

Mullery feels Capello must now revamp his side for the forthcoming Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

Mullery, who won 35 caps and played in the 1970 World Cup, added: "Unless he gets rid of four or five senior players of a certain age and brings in some younger players, then the crowd are just not going to turn up for the first game as far as Wembley is concerned."

Another former England international, Gerry Francis, has given Capello his backing but stressed it is important he learns from his mistakes.

Francis said on Sky Sports News: "He is England manager and it is very important we move on. He has been a brilliant club manager and has a very good record as a club manager but, as I learned when I spent years working with the England Under-19s, international football is different.

"You have got to be a lot more adaptable in formations and systems. It is important - he is going to be here now - that he learns from the experience of this World Cup."

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