Capello wants to come back! Chelsea in pole position to snap up ex-England boss
22:02 GMT, 24 March 2012
Fabio Capello is ready to return to England to manage in the Premier League.
The Italian quit as the England boss six-and-a-half weeks ago and his apparent willingness to return will alert Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to the possibility of hiring him as a medium-term replacement for recently sacked Andre Villas-Boas.
Even though Capello will be 66 in three months’ time, sources close to him say he has no intention of ending his coaching career yet.
Shock return: Fabio Capello (right) could be set for a job in the Premier League
And he has set his sights on a club with thefinancial clout to create a squad capable of competing with the best in the long term.
One source said last night: ‘Fabio will be very happy to coach an English club as long as the project is an interesting one. That means the club will need to match his ambition and have the money to buy the players he would need.
‘Ideally, he’d like to coach for two more years and then perhaps spend a third year showing a younger manager the ropes before retiring.
‘What happened with the England national team would not prevent him from returning to the country — why should it His record with England was good.’
Abramovich, looking to rebuild at Stamford Bridge after a season of frustration as the Villas-Boas project unravelled, could be tempted to tap into the Italian’s experience.
Out: Capello (right) quit as England manager of John Terry's captaincy
Capello would be welcomed by the
likes of Chelsea captain John Terry after the Italian supported him when
the defender was stripped of the England captaincy against the
But Abramovich is also known to be keen on giving the manager’s job to former Manchester United and France World Cup star Laurent Blanc, while he could face competition from Tottenham and Liverpool if he opts for Capello.
Blanc launched his coaching career in 2007 with Bordeaux, winning the French League and League Cup in his second season before being appointed national team manager in 2010.
On the hunt: Roman Abramovich is searching for a new Chelsea boss
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is
still most likely to become the next England manager, in permanent
succession to Capello, while big-spending Kenny Dalglish is facing growing unrest over his leadership at Anfield, another possible destination for the high profile Italian.
Capello has won league titles in Italy and Spain, and claimed the Champions League in 1994 with AC Milan. And he wants to steer one more club towards glory before he
calls time on his career.
Abramovich had been looking at a younger manager to take over once Roberto Di Matteo’s caretaker role ends this summer. But Capello may now have to be seen as a serious contender after making made his position clear.