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Fabio Capello: I want to manage in England again

Capello opens door to England return: 'I miss it, the packed stadiums… and Russia has worse problem with foreign players'

By
Adam Crafton

PUBLISHED:

01:31 GMT, 23 February 2013

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UPDATED:

01:42 GMT, 23 February 2013

Fabio Capello has opened the door to Premier League suitors, declaring his fascination for English football and revealing his difficulties adapting to life as manager of the Russian national team.

Speaking through a translator at a question and answer session at the Cambridge Union, the former England boss revealed his strong passion for English football.

He said: 'The Premier League is absolutely fascinating. I would be available and would be flattered to be linked with jobs in this league.

Longing: Fabio Capello admitted he misses England after taking over as the manager of Russia

Longing: Fabio Capello admitted he misses England after taking over as the manager of Russia

'Both my wife and I enjoyed our time in the UK and what I miss about football in the UK is that the stadiums are packed, whereas the Russian league is often half-empty.

'I am used to the media attention from Italy and Spain, and I can handle the newspapers and press here. It is just part of the job. In Russia, it is great because nobody can read the newspapers!

Although Capello is finding the Russian media easy to deal with, the Italian revealed the frustrations he has found as he tries to get to grips with the Russian language.

He said: 'It is not difficult when we train but it is very hard to pass on my emotions and motivation to the players and I have to rely on the translator.

'Before a match, I show the players videos and show them bullet points to get my point across but the translator even has to write these because the Russian language has a different alphabet. Sometimes, the translator relates the concepts but not with the feeling that I want to convey.'

Defender: Capello consistently backed John Terry despite his off-the-field problems

Defender: Capello consistently backed John Terry despite his off-the-field problems

New horizons: Capello hopes to lead Russia to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

New horizons: Capello hopes to lead Russia to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Along with the language-barrier, the former Real Madrid and AC Milan boss has grown frustrated with the small pool of Russian players that he has to work with, believing the influx of foreign players in the Russian league to be an ailment even more chronic than the same issue facing the English Premier League, while the long travelling is also proving problematic.

He said: 'I used to complain that there are only playing 38 per cent of Premier League players that are English but the situation is even worse in Russia on this issue. To attract players to Russia, a lot of money is needed.

'Moreover, many of the best teams with these huge private benefactors are located at the borders of Russia so it is a lot of travelling for me.'

And the former Three Lions boss couldn't mask his surprise that AC Milan decided to pay 21million to take Mario Balotelli back to Italy.

Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli

All change: Mario Balotelli moved from Manchester City to AC Milan in the January transfer window

He said: 'When I found out that Milan were signing Balotelli, I thought it was crazy! But he has been playing brilliantly since arriving, he has had no problems with the referee and he can make a difference, as he has showed with four goals in three games. He’s great – but it’s impossible to manage Balotelli!

'With these players, like I had with Antonio Cassano myself you have to speak to them to explain exactly what they have to do before the game – but within five minutes they do whatever they want anyway!'

Rio Ferdinand: I"m not losing any sleep over England snub

I'm not losing any sleep over England snub! Ferdinand focused on Man United's title challenge

qualifying match with Switzerland at Wembley.

Return Rio Ferdinand (left) has been offered a bizarre lifeline by England

Return Rio Ferdinand (left) has been offered a bizarre lifeline by England

That came under Fabio Capello, but
with the race row between John Terry and his brother Anton still
unresolved at the time Roy Hodgson took over, Ferdinand has remained
unselected by the current boss.

Hodgson insists the 81-cap man's
omission is for football reasons alone, while the player himself refuses
to even think about anything beyond his achievements at club level.

'I'm not sitting there thinking about trying to get back into the England team,' he told the Manchester Evening News.

'I'm just playing football for Manchester United. That's what I love doing and that is what's at the forefront of my mind.

'If that, in time, it ends up in me
getting a call-up for England, then great and fantastic. If it doesn't, I
won't really lose any sleep over it,' he added.

Commanding: Ferdinand has had a solid season at the back for Manchester United

Commanding: Ferdinand has had a solid season at the back for Manchester United

Inconclusive: England manager Roy Hodgson said England have 'moved on' from the centre-back pairing of Ferdinand and John Terry

Inconclusive: England manager Roy Hodgson said England have 'moved on' from the centre-back pairing of Ferdinand and John Terry

Ferdinand appeared to have been
thrown a bizarre international lifeline after the FA insisted he could
still return to Roy Hodgson's England squad.

Ferdinand,
who has not played for his country since a 2-2 draw with Switzerland in
June 2011, insists he will always be available to play international
football.

The 34-year-old has started 19 games in the Barclays Premier League for Manchester United this season and Sportsmail's Neil Ashton wrote this week about how England should recall the defender.

Although England sealed an impressive
2-1 win over Brazil on Wednesday, Ferdinand's absence from England duty
was highlighted at Wembley when Gary Cahill's mistake allowed Fred to
equalise.

After the game Hodgson seemed to
claim England had moved on from the Ferdinand era and were looking to
younger players for the 2014 World Cup.

Blunder: Gary Cahill's error led to Brazil's equaliser on Wednesday night

Blunder: Gary Cahill's error led to Brazil's equaliser on Wednesday night

'For
years England had a centre-back pairing (John Terry and Ferdinand)
everyone was satisfied with and they were two very good players,'
England's manager said.

'For
various reasons we've moved on from that and we have to try to solve
the problem. I'm not going to talk about Rio. It seems that every other
day I have to answer questions about Rio.

'We've just beaten Brazil for the first time in God knows how many years, the first time I've played against Brazil.

'We're
talking international football, England against Brazil and some of the
so-called very, very best players in the world. I think that whoever you
would play at centre back would have problems against that quality of
opposition.'

However,
despite Hodgson's comments the FA attempted to clarify the situation
yesterday and insisted the door will never be closed on any player.

Luiz Felipe Scolari returns to Chelsea for Brazil v Russia freindly

Big Phil back at the Bridge! Scolari returns to Chelsea…but only for Brazil-Russia clash

By
Dan Ripley

PUBLISHED:

15:33 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:34 GMT, 15 January 2013

He may not be Roberto Di Matteo but Chelsea fans will see a former manager return to the club next month.

Luiz Felipe Scolari will set foot inside Stamford Bridge again but it won’t be to replace interim boss, Rafael Benitez.

Scolari will lead his Brazil side out in an international friendly against Russia, managed by ex-England boss Fabio Capello.

Guess who's back: Luiz Felipe Scolari returns to Chelsea with his Brazil side

Guess who's back: Luiz Felipe Scolari returns to Chelsea with his Brazil side

Quick decline: Despite a promising start, Scolari failed to win over the Chelsea dressing room before being dismissed seven months into the job

Quick decline: Despite a promising start, Scolari failed to win over the Chelsea dressing room before being dismissed seven months into the job

The Brazilian spent just seven months in charge of the west London club before being sacked in February 2009 but admitted he was looking forward to returning.

Scolari said: 'Going to London is a great joy. It will be an opportunity to thank the Chelsea's fans for the affection and the great interaction I had with them.

‘The game against Russia will be very
important in order to prepare Brazil's national team for the
Confederations Cup in 2013 and the World Cup in 2014. Russia is a strong
opponent and it is traditionally hard to play against them.'

England's nemesis: Scolari eliminated the Three Lions from three successive tournaments between 2002 to 2006 while in charge of Brazil and Portugal

England's nemesis: Scolari eliminated the Three Lions from three successive tournaments between 2002 to 2006 while in charge of Brazil and Portugal

England's nemesis: Scolari eliminated the Three Lions from three successive tournaments between 2002 and 2006 while in charge of Brazil and then Portugal

Familiar face: former England manager Fabio Capello will lead out Russia against Scolari's Brazil at Stamford Bridge

Familiar face: former England manager Fabio Capello will lead out Russia against Scolari's Brazil at Stamford Bridge

Scolari enjoyed a positive start in his spell as Chelsea manager, winning 10 of his first 13 league games. But just four victories in his next 12 ultimately cost him his job as his side slipped out of the title picture.

The 64-year-old was appointed Brazil boss for a second time last November, having helped the country lift the World Cup in 2002 before going on to lead Portugal at Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup.

The match between Brazil and Russia will be the first international match at Stamford Bridge for 60 years – the ground having previously hosted four England games – and is due to take place on Monday March 25 at 7.30pm.

Fabio Capello booked to address the Cambridge Union

Capello is returning to England… but only to address the Cambridge Union

By
Liv Lee

PUBLISHED:

13:08 GMT, 12 January 2013

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UPDATED:

13:19 GMT, 12 January 2013

Ex-England manager Fabio Capello is probably more used to team talks than public speaking, but he will be making his best attempt when he addresses the Cambridge Union at the end of February.

The Italian is booked to appear at the historical debating society, which has hosted sporting names such as Lord Coe is the past.

Capello will be in good company, with the Dalai Lama, Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, Ian McKellen and Clint Eastwood all having made appearances.

Fabio Capello will address the Union at the end of February

Returning: The ex-England manager will address the Union at the end of February

The manager walked away from the England job after John Terry was
stripped of his captaincy by the FA in February last year, and since
then has been working with the Russian national team.

They are currently fighting for qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

England rugby international James Haskell is also set to address the students of Cambridge this month.

Roy Hodgson says it is not impossible for England to win the World Cup

We could do a Chelsea! Hodgson says it is not 'impossible' for England to win the World Cup

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UPDATED:

11:29 GMT, 23 December 2012

England boss Roy Hodgson claims it is not 'impossible' the country could win the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

Hodgson pointed to Chelsea's against-the-odds Champions League triumph last season, when they knocked out Barcelona and then beat Bayern Munich on penalties, as evidence that the fancied sides can be beaten.

He told Sportsweek on Radio 5 Live: 'You could say we are far from being favourites (for the World Cup) so therefore it's (winning it) not a likelihood. But you've got to shy away from 'impossible' in football.

Confident: Roy Hodgson says it is not impossible for England to win the World Cup, although says they won't be favorites

Confident: Roy Hodgson says it is not impossible for England to win the World Cup, although says they won't be favorites

'There are plenty of events that we could point to in footballing terms that you could have said were impossible, but people have done it.

'It wasn't likely that Chelsea would become champions of Europe, especially having to change their manager in mid-stream but they did.

'That was by beating Barcelona and Bayern Munich, two of the best teams in Europe along the way, so I'd like to keep that dream alive.'

Hodgson took over from Fabio Capello in May following the Italian's resignation and he led England to the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 in his first major championship at the helm.

The former Fulham boss claimed England have enough quality players to challenge the world's top sides.

Work to do: England are second in the qualifying group, two points behind Montenegro

Work to do: England are second in the qualifying group, two points behind Montenegro

He added: 'I hope that I will never been tripped into saying, 'well, we don't have enough players or there's not enough players good enough to play for England' because that would be a very sad indictment.

'I know there are a lot of foreigners in the league, but there's plenty of English ones. There were seven Englishmen playing for Manchester United the other day and they're top of the Barclays Premier League.

'I hope I'm not going to be tricked into saying that some time to disguise my disappointment in a defeat or to try and shift the blame to somebody else.'

But Hodgson admitted the huge pressure to succeed at major championships took its toll on the players.

He added: 'I would like to see a little bit more kindness sometimes offered to the players, because there's no doubt in my mind there are as aware of anybody we need to win, we need to bring something back to the English public.

Job to do: Hodgson along with his coaches Gary Neville and Ray Lewington are aiming to get England to the World Cup in Brazil

Job to do: Hodgson along with his coaches Gary Neville and Ray Lewington are aiming to get England to the World Cup in Brazil

'But sometimes if you put so much pressure on these young people there's no doubt they can be hampered by that rather than encouraged.

'And it's that delicate balance of having the expectation which propels you forward because you want to succeed and you want to show people you can meet their expectations or freezing a little bit because you feel, 'whatever I do is never going to be good enough'.'

England currently sit second in World Cup qualifying Group H, two points behind Montenegro after four games.

Hodgson said: 'We are aiming to finish on top of the group and not have to go through a play-off situation where you can quite easily lose as well.

'If we can't win the group let's hope to God we can come second and give ourselves a chance at least in the play-offs because the goal is to reach Brazil in 2014.

Paying the penalty: Ashley Young was one of the players to miss during the Euro 2012 shoot out with Italy

Paying the penalty: Ashley Young was one of the players to miss during the Euro 2012 shoot out with Italy

'In an ideal world we would do it by winning the group and sailing through and be ready when it comes around, but there's no guarantee of course that winning the group and sailing through your group stages helps you when you get to the final competition. We've seen that with England.'

England went out of Euro 2012 following yet another penalty shootout defeat and Hodgson admitted he would be in favour of taking spot-kicks after friendlies next year to prepare players for the real thing in front of a packed crowd.

'It would be a good idea,' he added. 'You might be able to agree with one of our opponents that, 'if the game ends in a draw let's have a penalty shoot-out'.'

Hodgson also would not rule out going back to club management after his time with England.

Not a fan: Hodgson says things written about him on Wikipedia are not all true, he is not a big Rolling Stones fan

Not a fan: Hodgson says things written about him on Wikipedia are not all true, he is not a big Rolling Stones fan

Asked if the England job would be his last in football, he said: 'It would be nice to think it could be, it would be nice to think I could be in the job for a sufficient period of time when the time comes to an end to say, 'that's been a great career, I've enjoyed it, I m quite old, now it's time to pass over to younger people'.

'(But) it's a dangerous thing to say as well. Football's in your blood.'

Hodgson also urged people not to trust everything they read about him.

He added: 'I was told by my sister that on Wikipedia I have two sons and I don't know where the other one's come from because my wife and I only have one, Christopher; and that I'm a great Rolling Stones fan and, with great respect to the Rolling Stones, I was brought up with soul music and rhythm and blues.

'There're a lot of things that can the written about you. Another thing I heard strangely enough was that I'm a harmonica player. Someone less musical than me would be hard to find.'

Wayne Rooney trains youngsters in Switzerland for UEFA

Revealed: Pictures showing Rooney in Switzerland delivering on promise to support UEFA project as punishment for Montenegro red card

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UPDATED:

20:47 GMT, 17 December 2012

Wayne Rooney was in Switzerland today as the England and Manchester United striker helped train a group of Swiss youngsters.

Rooney imparted some tactical nous and drilled the teenagers at Swiss club Payerne. But the United hitman didn’t make the trip to the continent just for the fun of it.

The 27-year-old only received a two-match international ban from UEFA after being sent off during England’s final Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro in October 2011.

Pitching in: Wayne Rooney was in Switzerland trianing a group of youngsters

Pitching in: Wayne Rooney was in Switzerland trianing a group of youngsters

Wisdom: Rooney helped the players with some shooting technique as part of a UEFA community project

Wisdom: Rooney helped the players with some shooting technique as part of a UEFA community project

Rooney was initially banned for three
matches for viciously kicking out at Montenegro defender Miodrag
Dzudovic, which the disciplinary panel described as an assault,
but it was cut to two games after he and Fabio Capello attended an
appeal at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland before the Euros.

The third match of Rooney's ban was suspended for four years.

As a result, Rooney was able to make a
goalscoring return in the final group stage game of England's European
Championships campaign against Ukraine. He missed the matches against
France and Sweden.

One of the conditions of the relatively lenient sentence was that Rooney would take part in a community project supported by UEFA.

Thumbs up: Rooney looked in high spirits as he arrived at Payerne to train the youngsters

Thumbs up: Rooney looked in high spirits as he arrived at Payerne to train the youngsters

Centre of attention: Wayne Rooney stunned the young footballers when he turned up at training

Centre of attention: Wayne Rooney stunned the young footballers when he turned up at training

Today, Rooney finally made good on that commitment, according to 101greatgoals.com.

Rooney has been in sensational form in recent weeks. He was instrumental in Manchester United's derby win over champions City, as he scored twice at the Etihad before strike partner Robin van Persie delivered the killer blow at the death.

The partnership with Van Persie has developed into one of the most fearsome in the Premier League of late. Between them, the pair have scored a remarkable nine goals in the last four games.

Shamed: Rooney was dismissed for kicking out at Miodrag Dzudovic during the Montenegro game

Shamed: Rooney was dismissed for kicking out at Miodrag Dzudovic during the Montenegro game

Shamed: Rooney was dismissed for kicking out during the Montenegro game

Appeal: Wayne Rooney had the three-match ban reduced to two games

Appeal: Wayne Rooney had the three-match ban reduced to two games

Fortunate: Rooney was lucky to have returned for the Ukraine game after lashing out

Fortunate: Rooney was lucky to have returned for the Ukraine game after lashing out

Top 30 best-paid football managers in the world… Sir Alex Ferguson only third and England boss Roy Hodgson is last as Jose Mourinho tops list

Revealed: The top 30 best-paid managers in the world… Fergie's only third and England boss Roy is last (according to some blokes in Brazil)

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UPDATED:

13:44 GMT, 28 November 2012

A list has been published in Brazil which places Jose Mourinho at the top of managerial earners in world football – Sir Alex Ferguson is only third and England boss Roy Hodgson is last!

Brazilian sports business consulting firm Pluri Consultoria has ranked what they consider to be the highest earning 30 bosses in the game with former Chelsea manager Mourinho sitting pretty at the summit, allegedly earning 12.3m per year. More Special Wonga, than Special One!

Hodgson, reportedly on 2m a year, may have been a surprise choice to pip Harry Redknapp to the England post earlier this year but the former Tottenham manager’s services are being rewarded with a far more handsome pay check at Loftus Road.

Sadly for Hodgson, it seems his England role is not even the biggest job in international football either with rivals from China, Saudi Arabia and Qatar also offering bigger financial rewards.

Special wonga: Jose Mourinho is reportedly the highest-earning manager in the world game

Special wonga: Jose Mourinho is reportedly the highest-earning manager in the world game

Sir Alex Ferguson

Roy Hodgson

Laughing all the way to the bank: United boss Sir Alex Ferguson (left) reportedly earns 7.6m a year, while England head coach Roy Hodgson (right) is paid a 2m salary

In a list of the 30 highest earning managers, Hodgson is down in 30th on 2m along with Joachim Low at Germany but also with Martin O’Neill at Sunderland.

Redknapp’s 3.2m annual wage at QPR puts him 14th and narrowly behind Spurs successor Andre Villas-Boas in the list.

Carlo Ancelotti, is second with a salary of 10.9m at Paris St. Germain.

Ferguson is the highest earning Premier League manager on 7.6m at Manchester United, with six other bosses in the English top flight making the top 30.

The highest paid international manager is former England boss Fabio Capello, whose disastrous spell in charge of the Three Lions at the 2010 World Cup has done little to put off Russia who are paying the Italian 6.3m.

Four straight wins in qualification for the 2014 World Cup suggest Capello (who was on 6m annually in charge of England) is at least earning his wage. Hodgson may have to start beating teams better than Moldova to prove he is not being overpaid rather than underpaid!

TOP 30 MANAGERIAL EARNERS IN THE WORLD (according to some blokes in Brazil)

Arsene Wenger

1. Jose Mourinho – Real Madrid (12.3m)

2. Carlo Ancelotti – Paris St. Germain (10.9m)

3. Marcelo Lippi – Guangzhou (8.7m)

4. Sir Alex Ferguson – Manchester United (7.6m)

5. Arsene Wenger – Arsenal (7.5m, pictured right)

6. Guus Hiddink – Anzhi (6.7m)

7. Fabio Capello – Russia (6.3m)

8. Tito Vilanova – Barcelona (5.6m)

9. Jose Camacho – China (4.8m)

10. Roberto Mancini – Manchester City (4.8m)

11. Frank Rijkaard – Saudi Arabia (4.3m)

12. Jupp Heynckes – Bayern Munich (4.2m)

13. Andre Villas-Boas – Tottenham (3.6m)

14. Harry Redknapp – QPR (3.2m)

15. Jorge Jesus – Benfica (3.2m)

16. David Moyes – Everton (2.9m)

17. Manuel Pellegrini – Malaga (2.9m)

18. Paulo Autuori – Qatar (2.9m)

19. Abel Braga – Fluminense (2.8m)

20. Luciano Spaletti – Zenit (2.7m)

21. Antonio Conte – Juventus (2.4m)

22. Cesare Prandelli – Italy (2.4m)

23. Vanderlei Luxemburgo – Gremio (2.4m)

24. Muricy Ramalho – Santos (2.4m)

25. Tite – Corinthians (2.4m)

26. Ottmar Hitzfeld – Switzerland (2.1m)

27. Joachim Low – Germany (2m)

28. Marcelo Bielsa – Athletic Bilbao (2m)

29. Martin O’Neill – Sunderland (2m)

30. Roy Hodgson – England (2m)

Harry Redknapp tells QPR players to show they care

Four points is shameful! Redknapp tells QPR players to show they care about club

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UPDATED:

00:29 GMT, 27 November 2012

This time last year, Harry Redknapp was managing a team on a run to the top four of the Barclays Premier League.

Tottenham’s football was breathtaking, unbeaten in 10 games as Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart tore into the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal.

A year on, a top-four manager who hoped to succeed Fabio Capello as England boss has taken over a team with just four points.

Prove you care: Harry Redknapp is demanding his men improve their performances

Prove you care: Harry Redknapp is demanding his men improve their performances

Rapid improvement: QPR must get more points on the board if they are to avoid the drop

Rapid improvement: QPR must get more points on the board if they are to avoid the drop

‘When Daniel Levy sacked me that night (June 13) I didn’t leave and think I’d jump off the edge of Bournemouth cliffs,’ Redknapp said on Monday.

‘The next day I was up playing golf. I don’t hold grudges and I spoke to Daniel over the weekend. He wished me all the best. It’s all a bit bizarre the way things finished for me at Tottenham, but that’s life.

‘When I heard Roy Hodgson had got the England job I wasn’t going to lock myself in a room — it’s only a game. I can get het up because I want to do well but in the cold light of day what does it all mean’

Yesterday it meant everything again as he talked at QPR’s decrepit training base in Harlington, west London, where paint peels off the walls and the big industrial bins in the car park are overloaded with rubbish. It may be a case of taking out the trash in January, just as soon as Redknapp works out who is ready for a relegation scrap.

‘Four points is embarrassing,’ he admitted as he prepares the players for this evening’s Premier League clash at Sunderland. ‘How can you have four points from 13 games

‘Players who aren’t playing will blame those who are playing. Those who are playing will blame somebody else. It’s up to me to make my own decisions over what’s wrong with them and what needs doing.’

Redknapp will run this team with the same enthusiasm that filled the air when he walked into Tottenham’s old training ground. His love of the game is infectious and reassuring; he has promised the grandchildren he would stop at the club shop later to buy them QPR kits before his new team travelled to the Stadium of Light.

‘The family are QPR fans now,’ he said. It could easily have been the colours of Ukraine, after Redknapp was offered the job by the president of the country’s football federation, Anatoliy Konkov, in London last week.

‘It was a great job, a four-year contract, and it wasn’t as if I had to live in Ukraine,’ explained Redknapp. ‘Capello is manager of Russia and he lives in Italy. I could have gone over at weekends, watched some games and then spent a few days at home. I spoke to Andriy Shevchenko about it. The Under 21s are good and I was excited.

That's the way to goal: Harry Redknapp gives his players instructions ahead of their first game

That's the way to goal: Harry Redknapp gives his players instructions ahead of their first game

What am I doing here Redknapp has fallen some way from his Spurs days

What am I doing here Redknapp has fallen some way from his Spurs days

Need a cuppa: Redknapp supps on a hot beverage during the press conference

Need a cuppa: Redknapp supps on a hot beverage during the press conference

Sunderland v QPR

‘It wouldn’t have been easy for me to face England in the World Cup qualifiers, but I couldn’t say “Oh it doesn’t matter if we don’t win today” — they would have thrown me down the salt mines.’

But there is no regular contact with players in a national job and there was a twinkle in Redknapp’s eye yesterday as he prepared to take an 11am training session in the wind and rain.

Redknapp has missed the morning commute from his home in Sandbanks, picking up assistant Kevin Bond along the way.

‘I probably needed a break and maybe it didn’t do me any harm,’ he added. ‘I went through a tough year with the court case and maybe leaving Tottenham wasn’t the worst thing. Until last Saturday I hadn’t watched a Premier League game live since I finished at Tottenham. I thought if I turned up people would say, “What’s he doing here, they’ve lost a few games, he’s after my job”. I don’t need that.

‘I used to watch Bournemouth play on
Saturday afternoons and I loved it. But now I’m looking forward to
getting back into the Premier League.’

It starts on Tuesday at Sunderland, his first official game in charge after Mark Hughes was sacked on Friday.

Axed: Mark Hughes was booted out of Loftus Road

Axed: Mark Hughes was booted out of Loftus Road

QPR are without an away win since November 19, 2011, when two Heidar Helguson goals and a Luke Young strike secured a 3-2 win at Stoke under Neil Warnock.

‘We keep saying we have a good team, but you don’t have four points from 13 games if you are playing well,’ Redknapp said.

‘Apart from going back to Portsmouth, when it looked like we were doomed, this is my biggest challenge yet as a manager. If I’d failed there I probably wouldn’t have been allowed to get out alive. At QPR the challenge is to bring the group together.

‘I want to see players chasing and getting the hump if they see other players standing around.’

Instead, he expects to get them up and running.

Chelsea flop fernando Torres has "lost it" since leaving Liverpool, claims Fabio Capello

Chelsea flop Torres has 'lost it' since leaving Liverpool, claims Capello as he slams FA for Terry axe

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UPDATED:

13:13 GMT, 20 November 2012

Former Juventus manager Fabio Capello is the latest to claim Fernando Torres has lost it.

Several high-profile figures have questioned whether the 50m striker can rediscover his best form.

Tough decision: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo faced selection dilemma over Fernando Torres

Tough decision: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo faced selection dilemma over Fernando Torres

And former Chelsea player and manager Ruud Gullit even thinks the club should use him as a makeweight in a deal to capture free-scoring Atletico Madrid star Falcao.

Torres has struggled since his British transfer record move to Stamford Bridge from Liverpool, scoring just 11 goals in 58 league games.

Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo faced a dilemma over whether to pay him in Chelsea's do-or-die Champions League clash with Juventus on Tuesday and Capello, who won three league titles with the Serie A club, can understand why.

'Fernando Torres is slowly losing it,' said former England boss Capello to Italia 2.

'I don't know what is happening because he was very good when Rafael Benitez was the Liverpool manager.

Dropped: Torres is unlikely to start for Chelsea on Tuesday night

Dropped: Torres is unlikely to start for Chelsea on Tuesday night

Dropped: Torres is unlikely to start for Chelsea on Tuesday night

'But he has not found inspiration [at Chelsea] and scored the goals that used to distinguish him.

'Before, he was unpredictable with Liverpool but now defences manage to beat him for speed and this is worrying.'

Meanwhile, Capello added in the same interview that he had no choice but to resign as England manager earlier this year after John Terry had been sacked as captain.

Terry was removed from his role as England skipper for a second time after he was charged by the FA for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand – a decision that Capello strongly disagreed with.

Old acquaintances: Capello with Terry (left) last year

Old acquaintances: Capello with Terry (left) last year

'I left England to defend what I had done for John Terry. On the field he was always an important player,' said Capello.

'The English are moralists – they want people to behave in a certain way. They make decisions too quickly as they did in this (Terry) case. He was later cleared by a court of law.'

Terry – who has now retired from international football – was cleared of racism in court in July but was fined 220,000 and banned for foutr matches by the FA last month.

Edgar Davids gives his unique views of Roberto Mancini, Fabio Capello, his new job at Barnet and fashion

EXCLUSIVE: Edgar Davids gives his unique views of Mancini (lacks people skills), Capello (tactical genius), his new job at Barnet (I'm not being paid a penny) and fashion (it's important, man)

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00:00 GMT, 17 November 2012

Edgar Davids has an opinion and, as is usually the case, he is not overwhelmed by a desire to keep it to himself. This time, it's about his interviewer's choice of clothing.

'It's safe,' he says. 'But there is no adventure. You wear a suit, but you are not trying to tell me something about who you are. It lacks flair. That's not for me. You should try something, man.'

Quite a spectacle: Edgar Davids at Barnet's training ground

Quite a spectacle: Edgar Davids at Barnet's training ground

The assault is not entirely unexpected. Davids, once the 'Pitbull' midfielder of some of European football's greatest sides, has been talking about fashion for more than five minutes.

'It's my passion,' he says. He is the creative director of Monta, a company specialising in street soccer apparel, and was previously engaged to Olcay Gulsen, a renowned designer.

Davids on… Wilfried Zaha

When I was at Palace, he was a big talent but
nothing more. He was also developing bad habits technically and no-one was stopping him. His end product was very poor at times, but now he is really showing his talent. He has worked hard at his game.

One rumour suggests that he turned away a journalist because he was unimpressed by an outfit.

'That did not happen,' Davids says. 'If I refused to speak, it wouldn't have been because of his clothes. However, if I thought he wasn't looking sharp, I probably would have told him. Fashion is important, man.'

And yet here he is, the winner of six league titles, 12 domestic cups, the UEFA Cup and the Champions League, talking about his new life as the 39-year-old player-manager of League Two Barnet, a club in the basement of British football and rarely considered to be chic.

'I don't get paid a dime to be here,' he says.

On the ball: Davids at the club's training ground

On the ball: Davids shows off his skills

Own style: Davids passes on some advice to one of the young players

Own style: Davids passes on some advice to one of the young players

It's the summer of 2012, and a Greek neighbour has called. 'Fancy a Sunday league game' he asks. Davids has been living in north London since his days at Tottenham, but has only really played Street Soccer events since leaving Crystal Palace after a three-month stint in 2010.

Davids on… ‘the greats’

I played with the best. Zinedine Zidane made me look differently at star players. Some guys with that talent don’t work so hard or want different treatment. Not him. Man, those skills. One player people don’t ask me about but should is Ledley King. Left and right foot perfect, fast, almost never made a foul. Technically, he is so gifted. So relaxed on the ball. But those knees.

'I coached a team in Brixton – Brixton United – for a while,' he says. 'We won two cups. They are a good team, but I only coached. No playing.'

The phone call from his neighbour doesn't appeal so much.

'I said, “No, man”, but I woke up in the morning and thought, “You know what Let's kick a ball around”. 'In the first half, I was like, “OK, let's keep it simple, move it around”. But then in the second half, I said the famous words that I got in trouble for on television last week.

'I just thought, “Hey, I'm f*****g Edgar Davids. I didn't want people to go away and say, “I played against Edgar Davids, it was OK”. I wanted them to say, “I played against f*****g Edgar Davids and he was nutmegging me”.

'Man, second half, I did like six nutmegs and got one assist. We won.'

The game prompts a second phone call, this time from Tony Kleanthous, the Greek-Cypriot chairman of Barnet who has heard on the grapevine that Davids dusted off his boots.

Edgar Davids of Barnet photographed exclusively at the club's training ground

Standing out: Davids is enjoying the challenge

Dressing down: Davids offers some style tips to our man Riath Al-Samarrai

Dressing down: Davids offers some style tips to our man Riath Al-Samarrai

Construction work continues on the club's new ground

Big job: Work continues on the new stadium in the background

Edgar Davids at the club's training ground

Front man: Davids leads by example in training

'A friend of mine gave him my number and then I get this call,' Davids says. 'He asked if I wanted to come over for a look.

'I saw the amazing training ground and listened to his plans for the future. It worked for me.'

Davids on… Barcelona

What a team. Would I have been good enough for today’s team Absolutely. You know what it is with Barcelona They play in the half of the opponent so the space is very small and the passes are very hard. To excel, it requires those skills and I have proven I possess those skills. I can do the same as Sergio Busquets or Javier Mascherano.

An agreement was reached and Davids was last month named as joint manager with Mark Robson. The club were bottom of the Football League.

'I've never had a big dream to be a manager, but I'm a curious guy and I want to see if I like it. I've been doing my coaching badges, just the (UEFA) “A” Licence to go, and this was a good chance to play a few games and learn about management.

'You know, I've worked for some pretty good managers so I have a few ideas.'

SIXTY. That's the number of major league titles and cups won by the managers Davids worked under for Ajax, AC Milan, Juventus, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Tottenham, Crystal Palace and Holland. Between them, they have won the Champions League/European Cup seven times and a World Cup.

'Some were good, others not so good,' Davids says. 'I try to take the good bits from them and leave the bad, but also trying to keep my own identity. I don't want to be anyone's mimic.'

Action man: Davids against Accrington Stanley on Friday night

Action man: Davids against Accrington Stanley on Friday night

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Still a pitbull: Davids is sent off against Accrington

The list of influences includes Louis
van Gaal, Marcello Lippi, Carlo Ancelotti, Frank Rijkaard, Fabio
Capello, Roberto Mancini and Guus Hiddink. Hiddink sent Davids home from
Euro 96 after a radio interview in which he said the national team
manager 'should stop putting his head in some players' a***s'.

'We
made up and got on fine after that,' Davids says. 'I don't talk about
best managers,' he adds, but does so anyway. 'Van Gaal as a trainer was
one of the best – it was incredible how well he prepared for games.
Lippi was very, very good. He knew his team, he knew how to meld
together a group and make it a team.

Davids on… London

I just love living here. It is so multicultural. I love
that diversity. In Amsterdam, we have it a lot, and it’s like that here. Any dish you want you can have — Japanese, Indian, Chinese. You can go from Asian to black to Jewish in the same neighbourhood. It is a reflection of society nowadays. It’s why I love Brixton — a melting pot.

'Capello taught me so much about systems, about 4-4-2, how to pressure and squeeze a team.

'Rijkaard is not a good trainer but he is a really good manager of
people. You can see Mancini lacks people management, big time.' He adds:
'I don't want to talk negative about somebody. I do not want to talk
about Mancini as there were not so many positive things.'

At Barnet's training ground, Davids'
management style is developing. He is 'a little frustrated' by the
standard but says that is 'the challenge that makes me come down here
for nothing'. The players call him 'Mr' or 'Sir' and he does likewise in
return. 'I told them it is out of the question to call me Edgar. I
don't want to be called boss because I told them they are their own
boss,' he says.

Results have improved quite dramatically. Friday's night's 1-1 draw with Accrington Stanley meant they had picked up 11 points from the seven League Two fixtures played since Davids' arrival (they took three points from the previous 11). And the 'Pitbull' still has a bite – he was sent off in the 85th minute after receiving a second booking for a foul on James Beattie, the former Everton striker.

Graham Stack, the keeper, talks of the squad being driven upwards by a 'fear factor' from playing with 'one of the best in the world'.

Davids is content with his life. 'The feeling of stepping out to play for Barnet for the first time was the same as a Champions League match. It is just joy, an innocent joy. I love to play football and will continue as long as I feel that.

'Maybe I will love management – we will see. This is fun. But you never know. Maybe one day I will own a club. That is a possibility, too. Or maybe I will leave and go into fashion.'

With that, the interview ends and Davids gets up to leave. 'Your coat,' he says. 'Double-breasted. That's very, very safe, man.'