Fabio Capello is facing the England axe.
The London Evening Standard says the knives were out for Capello yesterday as he faced growing opposition from within the Football Association.
Sources said it was unlikely he would remain in charge of the England team after a disastrous World Cup campaign. Capello said at a press conference in South Africa that he had no intention of resigning, adding: "I like this job. I like to be England manager."
But the 64-year-old Italian failed to get a public vote of confidence from his bosses, with the FA saying it wanted two weeks to decide his future. It is understood any decision will hinge on a settlement over Capello's £12 million contract.
"He could be pushed but that will cost a lot of money, so it is hoped that a settlement can be reached," a source said.
"This World Cup has been the worst for four campaigns and Fabio has lost the confidence of key people."