LONDON, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Italian Fabio Capello was set to be England's second
foreign manager after his appointment was approved by the Football Association
(FA) board on Thursday.
Fabio Capello. Capello was set to be
England's second foreign manager after his appointment was approved by the
Football Association (FA) board on Thursday. (Xinhua/Reuters
Following final discussions on the details of his
contract over the next 24 hours, the 61-year-old will take over from Steve
McClaren, who was sacked last month after England failed to qualify for Euro
2008, and become the second foreigner in the job following Swede Sven-Goran
"The FA board has approved Capello's appointment as
England manager subject to the successful conclusion of these contract
negotiations," FA director of communications Adrian Bevington said in a
statement on the official web site (www.thefa.com).
"I want to stress that there are no problems and that
we are going through the necessary process to reach a successful conclusion."
Capello's four-and-a-half year deal could be worth
6.5 million pounds a year, according to British media.
It was also reported that Capello planned to bring
four Italian assistants to work alongside him but the FA had confirmed that an
English coach would be included in Capello's backroom staff.
Capello, a former Italy international who collected
32 caps, has won nine league titles in 16 years as a coach, picking up
silverware with all four clubs - AC Milan, Real Madrid, Roma and Juventus - he
has been in charge of.
He won the Champions League with Milan in 1994 when
Milan beat Barcelona 4-0 in the final.
British media digs into Capello's life
BEIJING, Dec. 14 -- Fabio Capello has not even been
appointed England coach yet, and already Britain's notoriously critical
newspapers are scrutinizing the Italian's private life.
Reporters have visited Capello's hometown of Pieris to
speak to his friends and family, while others are discussing whether he is worth
his salary, even though he has yet to sign a contract, let alone pick up his
first pay check. Full story
English FA supports Capello
appointment as England manager
LONDON, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Fabio
Capello's appointment as England head coach has been approved by the FA board
and the Italian is now set to sign a contract worth 6.5 million pounds a year.
Final discussions on the details of Capello's contract
will take place on Saturday, but sources close to the FA board say they have
approved a deal worth four million pounds annually - after tax, the PA
said. Full story
BEIJING, Dec. 13 -- Arsene Wenger and Alex Ferguson are
backing Italian Fabio Capello to take over the vacant job of England manager.
"The quality of the candidate is outstanding," Arsenal
manager Wenger told reporters on Tuesday. Full story
Capello tipped as England
BEIJING, Dec. 12 -- Football Association officials
are set to interview Italian coach Fabio Capello about the vacant job of England
manager, British media reported on Tuesday.
Already a strong candidate, the former AC Milan, Real
Madrid and Juventus coach's stock has risen after former Chelsea manager Jose
Mourinho withdrew on Monday from the race for the England hot-seat. Full story