Fabio Capello is expected to be announced as England manager later today or tomorrow.

The Football Association were this afternoon engaged in final contract talks with the Italian’s advisers, with the aim of wrapping up an agreement as soon as possible.

It is understood there has been broad agreement between Capello and the FA in terms of length of contract and salary, but the fine details still needed to be worked through.

And former England head coach Sven-Goran Eriksson believes the FA “cannot go wrong” with Capello.

Eriksson said: “I have known Fabio Capello for many years. I was his opponent in Serie A for 10 years.

“He is a very good man and manager. His record speaks very clear. He has won titles in Italy.

“When you talk about that level [international] and mention (Jose) Mourinho, (Marcello) Lippi, Capello, (Sir Alex) Ferguson and (Arsene) Wenger you cannot go wrong – because they are all good managers.

“Of course, Capello will treat the players right. But all the people I have told you about can do it.

“If you are winning big titles you always have big stars in your team. Capello is one of the best managers you can find.”

Capello has only limited English, but Eriksson added: “That won’t be a problem. It certainly wasn’t for me – because I spoke to him in Italian!”

Capello, former coach at Juventus, AC Milan and Real Madrid, flew back to Italy last night to fulfil a prior engagement. But it is now thought to be only a matter of time before the 61-year-old returns to become Steve McClaren’s successor.

Capello spent yesterday at Wembley with senior FA figures, including chief executive Brian Barwick and director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking outlining his vision for the future.

FA officials could hardly have been more enthusiastic about the impression Capello made during his brief visit – leaving little room for argument about how Barwick and Brooking have delivered the ‘world class’ replacement for McClaren they promised in the aftermath of the abysmal Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.

December 13th, 2007 Product Guide, 5 Comments
  • Firestarter

    Maybe now there win a game a real game..

  • soccerdrnyc

    only god can help england soccer .
    the players have to step up there game a 100 percent for anything to go right .
    no body can help them . capello can not only god or themself

  • giova * * * *

    Here’s an early prediction: England will reach the final in the 2010 world cup. With Capello behind them theres no telling what that team full of potential can accomplish. All they need is someone to put the team first mentality into the players and if Capello can’t do it, nobody can.

  • yoyo

    giova, that’s a bold prediction. Capello was a good hire, but England still have the same players to put on the pitch. As you say, Capello’s main challenge will be changing the mentality of the players. They need a spark. Maybe he’ll axe a couple of the older guys for some new blood. He’ll also need to sort out the midfield situation. England has very good midfielders but they don’t work well together and end up underachieving. Having Rooney healthy would help too… I think he might even be named captain.

  • giova * * * *

    I don’t think it’s a bold prediction at all. Capello is the man to get England past a Portugal which is the team that knocked them out in the last 2 major tournaments. Once they get into the quarters or semis, their self confidence will soar and then you will see the real international Gerrard, Lampard, Rooney, Owen and company. Starting January the 7th England will be a very dangerous, consistent team which will be fully prepared and on the ball for every match. I’m an Italian fan through and through but my money says England will be lifted to the stars in 2010 with the help of an Italian general.