Fabio Capello’s admission that he would like to work in the Premier League should be of great interest to many of the competition’s clubs.
The former England manager was speaking for the first time since he resigned from the post and his words, in an interview with The Times, should be welcomed in many of the club boardrooms in int country.
As is often the case with England managers, the Italian suffered damage to his reputation due to a disappointing tournament but has an astounding record a manager in club football.
Capello has been fortunate in that he still has something of a reputation intact, having not been mauled by the press and resigning when they were not calling for his head.
With him saying a job in England would be tempting, it is a logical step for the next thought to be about Chelsea.
The Stamford Bridge club have caretaker manager Roberto di Matteo in charge at the moment but, despite his recent cup successes, there does not seem to be any discernable momentum for him to be installed permanently.
In fact, their loss at home to Newcastle United on Wednesday would not have done his chances much good, as the Blues are now unlikely to make the top four and Champions League qualification.
Di Matteo did orchestrate Chelsea’s advancement to the final of this year’s competition and a victory over Bayern Munich would see them enter next year’s competition at the expense of the side in fourth place.
However, the club’s chief executive has expressed the importance of finishing inside the top four in the past and there is no guarantee of beating Bayern, especially since the match will take place in the German side’s home ground.
The availability of a manager with the pedigree of Capello may be too enticing for owner Roman Abramovich to turn down.
Di Matteo has done an admirable job in getting the Chelsea to the FA Cup final as well as the Champions League, but he has no real experience outside of that and this could be an issue.
Whereas Capello has already won the Champions League with AC Milan, as well as four Serie A titels with them, one with Roma and two La Liga titles with Real Madrid.
He also won two titles with Juventus but they have since been revoked following the Calciopoli scandal.
Chelsea are not the only club that could use someone like Capello, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool could consider making a move for the 65-year-old.
Spurs fans will possibly reject the prospect of replacing Harry Redknapp, especially as they have managed to keep him from the clutches of the FA against all the odds, but the issue of pedigree once again comes to the fore.
It is assumed by many that the White Hart Lane club need Champions League football to keep stars such as Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, but if they were to lose out in the race for a spot in Europe’s elite competition the appointment of a name like Capello could hold some sway.
Redknapp is a favourite of many fans in England and could arguably be called the best manager from these shores, but Capello’s record of success in two of the top leagues in the world make the former Portsmouth boss’ solitary FA Cup victory look paltry.
The name of Capello has resonance around European football and could help to attract quality recruits, adding to an already very talented squad core.
New signings are something that have been oft discussed regarding Liverpool, with the current crop of players at Anfield unable to consistently perform at a high level.
Kenny Dalglish came back to manage on Merseyside with great fanfare after the departure of Roy Hodgson, but he has so far been unable to turn his considerable support and influence into league form.
They have done extremely well in the domestic cup competitions, but abysmal form in the Premier League has seen them slip to eighth place and questions over whether Dalglish still has what it takes to build a title-winning side must be asked.
The Scot’s legendary status at Anfield mean it is highly unlikely he will be dumped by the club’s new owners, especially as he was the marquee name brought in to legitimise their takeover.
However, John Henry has built a reputation in American sports for running his clubs pragmatically and so the possibility of hiring a manager who has one of the best success rates in club football may prove tempting.
It has already been broached in some quarters that a role could be created for Dalglish to ‘move upstairs’ and take a less hands on position, paving the way for a new team manager to come in.
Capello stated that his next job will be his last before retirement – can English clubs struggling for success or aiming to move up a level really afford to miss such a golden opportunity?
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