R90 million!

2007-12-15 00:00

ENGLAND’S new national team football manager, Fabio Capello, will earn a salary that dwarfs the hotly-disputed R1,8 million a month being paid to Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira.

Italian Capello, whose representatives were last night still involved in talks with the English Football Association (EFA) to finalise the deal that was approved by the body on Thursday, will, according to reports, earn £6,5 million a year. That works out to a figure of around R90 million annually, which will make Capello’s monthly salary worth R7,5 million.

Next to that sum, Parreira’s salary — which will earn the Brazilian roughly the same amount over the three years that his contract runs until just after the 2010 World Cup, as Capello will make in a year — pales in comparison.

Last night, the English FA and representatives of Fabio Capello were meeting before an announcement confirming the Italian as England’s new head coach.

The FA board approved the appointment of the 61-year-old on Thursday, ending the search for a successor to Steve McClaren, who was sacked last month after England failed to qualify for the finals of Euro 2008.

Stuart Pearce, the coach of England’s Under-21 side, was also at the FA’s headquarters in central London yesterdaymorning. Capello himself was not present.

An FA spokesman confirmed on Thursday that the board approved Capello’s appointment, but that negotiations over the details of his contract would continue before any official announcement was made.

“There are no problems and we’re going through the process for a successful conclusion,” FA spokesman Adrian Bevington said.

An indication that an announcement was due either yesterday or during the weekend, at the latest, was publicised on the FA’s website yesterday (www.thefa.com) with a selection of photographs in a “Fabio Capello Gallery” and his impressive CV as a player and coach.

Capello will become England’s second foreign coach following the tenure of Swede Sven-Goran Eriksson from 2001 to 2006. At the age of 61, Capello will be the oldest of the 15 men who have managed or coached England since 1946.

A former Italy international who collected 32 caps, Capello won seven league titles in his native country with AC Milan, AS Roma and Juventus although Juve were stripped of the 2005 and 2006 championships won under him in the wake of a match-fixing scandal.

He also coached Real Madrid to the Spanish title in 1997 and again last season, after which they sacked him.

Capello’s finest hour was probably the 1994 Champions League final, when Milan destroyed Barcelona 4-0.

Local media reported that Capello planned to bring several Italian assistants to work alongside him including Franco Baldini, who worked with him previously. There is also likely to be one English coach among his backroom staff.

Capello’s first matches in charge will be a friendly against Euro 2008 co-hosts Switzerland at Wembley on February 6 and a Paris friendly against France on March 26.

England’s first World Cup qualifier is in September. They have been drawn in a group alongside Croatia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Andorra.

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