Posted on December 13, 2007
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.