Italian plans long and glorious retirement.
Fabio Capello has confirmed that he will step down as England manager after the 2012 European Championship.
The Italian officially took charge of the Three Lions in January 2008, on an agreement originally scheduled to run for two-and-a-half years.
Initial success, which saw England canter through their 2010 World Cup qualification campaign, saw his stock rise and he was handed a contract extension ahead of this summer’s showpiece in South Africa.
However, having flopped badly in that tournament, many felt the Football Association had been wrong to hand him fresh terms before such an important event.
Capello has started to repair the damage done at the World Cup by making a bright start to Euro 2012 qualification, but the jury remains out for many.
The 64-year-old is not going anywhere any time soon, though, as he fully intends to see out his contract.
England look well set to qualify for the European Championship in two years’ time and Capello will be at the helm.
He has, however, made it clear that whatever happens in Poland and Ukraine, he will then relinquish the role and relieve himself of the pressures which accompany one of the toughest jobs in world football.
“Absolutely. Yes,” he said when asked whether he would be leaving after Euro 2012, repeating the assertion to make sure everyone understood.
“We have to qualify first of course but after that I will be too old.
“I want to enjoy my life as a pensioner.” (Sky Sports)
Now, if Fabio happened to lead the country to success in the European Championship, would he reconsider? understand wanting to enjoy ones retirement but being involved in football is like a drug and it is very hard to just give up and go cold turkey so that you can enjoy sitting back and relaxing until the grim reaper comes calling.
Remember the Italian has been involved in the game for 48 years as player and coach and he won’t know what to do with himself if he has no part to play in the ‘Beautiful Game’. It’s worth remembering that Capello is still four years younger than Sir Alex Ferguson and only four years older than Arsene Wenger. I personally can’t see either of those two ever quitting.
There are of course some idiots/pundits/journalists who have been less than gracious when discussing the tactical wisdom the former AC Milan and Real Madrid possesses so with that in mind it is worth noting the achievements of the man.
Fabio Capello has won nine domestic titles, seven in Italy and two in Spain. He has also collected the Champions League, Super Cup, Coppa Italia titles to boot. A quick scan of Wikipedia, because it would take years to collate otherwise, states that in 573 matches as boss of various clubs and now as England coach, he has lost just 81 games.
What odds on the Italian being offered the national team coach’s job when his contract with England comes to an end?