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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Dec 15, 2007

Barwick waxes lyrical about Capello appointment

Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick is convinced Fabio Capello is totally committed to the England cause.

The 61-year-old Italian was confirmed as Steve McClaren's successor last night and will fly back to England for his public unveiling on Monday.

With a contract until 2012, believed to be worth £6million a year but which is also thought to have a break clause after the 2010 World Cup, it is little wonder Capello announced his desire to coach England almost immediately after Steve McClaren's dismissal.

But in his dealings with the former Juventus, AC Milan and Real Madrid coach, Barwick has been left in no doubt Capello, who will give up his television commitments with Italian state broadcaster RAI, has taken the job to restore England's fortunes rather than just to line his pockets.

'Sir Trevor Brooking and I were left in no doubt of his passion and commitment to bring that success to the England team,' said Barwick. 'He is a winner and his record over the last two decades speaks for itself.

'At every club he has managed, Fabio has won the league title and I am delighted he 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.'

Once Jose Mourinho ruled himself out of the running last weekend, Capello was always the favourite to get the job.

With nine league titles on his impressive CV, plus a Champions League success with AC Milan, Capello's experience and quality is unquestioned.

Complaints about his nationality voiced by, among others Tony Adams and Steve Coppell, will only be enhanced by confirmation that four of Capello's long-time associates, all Italian, will form his coaching team.

Franco Baldini and Italo Galbiati will act as assistants, Massimo Neri is the new fitness coach, while Franco Tancredi will be goalkeeping coach, a position previously held by Ray Clemence, who remains with the FA on a full-time basis as head of the national development teams.

Brooking, who worked closely with Barwick throughout the recruitment process, will liaise with Capello over the appointment of an Englishman to his coaching staff.

Former captain Alan Shearer and current under-21 boss Stuart Pearce are among those being considered, although it is also possible the name of Watford's highly-rated manager Aidy Boothroyd will crop up if they are thinking of someone already in a job who could expand his experience for potential future employment.

Capello's first game in charge will be against Switzerland on February 6, when David Beckham, the only current England international to have played under the new coach, is expected to win his 100th cap.

The former Italy international's choice of captain is eagerly awaited, as is his first squad.

But, no matter who he picks, Brooking is convinced the FA have chosen wisely.

'Fabio Capello is widely recognised as one of the world's finest coaches,' said Brooking. '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.'