Capello named England boss
15 Dec 2007 - 08:11:31
The Football Association has confirmed that Fabio Capello is the new England manager and the Italian has signed a four-and-a-half year contract after the FA Board ratified his appointment on Thursday.
The 61-year-old will officially start work on January 7.
FA chief executive Brian Barwick told the FA's official website: "I am delighted that Fabio Capello has agreed to become England manager.
"When we set out to recruit the new manager, we said we were committed to appointing a world-class candidate. In Fabio Capello we have that man.
"Fabio is a winner. His record over the last two decades speaks for itself. At every club he has managed, Fabio has won the League title and Trevor (Brooking) and I were left in no doubt of his passion and commitment to bring that success to the England team."
Director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking added: "Fabio Capello is widely recognised as one of the world's finest coaches. He has achieved huge success wherever he has worked and has the respect of everyone in football.
"Fabio will have the full support of the FA and its coaching set-up. We are excited about working with him over the coming years as we focus on qualification for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa."
Franco Baldini and Italo Galbiati will assist Capello, while Franco Tancredi takes on the goalkeeping coach role and Massimo Neri will be the fitness coach.
Capello has enjoyed an illustrious coaching career at club level, winning nine league titles during spells in charge of AC Milan, Real Madrid, AS Roma and Juventus.
He had previously played for the same three Italian clubs, as well as winning 32 international caps with the Azzurri.