The London Evening Standard reports that Fabio Capello will take on the most gloriously stressful job in Christendom, that of England manager. But there are a couple of caveats; firstly Capello will be paid handsomely for enduring a daily onslaught of media twaddle, and secondly Fab wants to bring some of his loyal assistants on for the ride, too.
The Evening Standard claims that although Capello will be confirmed as England boss today, “last night lawyers were still haggling over the cost of his four Italian assistants.”
Capello, according to the Evening Standard:
“Wants a director of football in Franco Baldini, Italo Galbiati as his assistant coach, a fitness coach in Massimo Neri and Franco Tancredi as goalkeeping coach. All four supported him in guiding Real Madrid to the Spanish title last season.”
Capello’s iminent appointment isn’t being gleefully awaited by everyone, either, with managers Gareth Southgate and Steve Coppell (who previously distanced himself from the job) chuntering on about how a red-blooded Englishman would have been preferable, and Derby boss Paul Jewell claiming: :
“If you put an ‘o’ on the end of his name, then he is going to be good, isn’t he?”