Fabio Capello interested in replacing Jose Mourinho at Chelsea

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Former England manager Fabio Capello is interested in replacing Jose Mourinho as Chelsea manager, according to the Sun.

The Italian is out of work having left his role as Russia boss back in July after three years in charge, and is now targeting a return to club football.

Mourinho is under pressure at Stamford Bridge after overseeing the Blues' sixth Premier League defeat of the season against Liverpool, with some reports suggesting he has just two games to save his job. While Carlo Ancelotti has been touted as the most likely replacement, the Sun claims that Capello is willing to take on the role on a short-term basis while owner Roman Abramovich seeks a replacement for the Special One.

Chelsea currently sit in 15th place in the Premier League after 11 games following the 3-1 defeat against Liverpool, and face a crunch tie in the Champions League against Dynamo Kiev. 

If they were to lose that game and come away with another defeat in their next league showdown against Stoke, then Mourinho could well be out of the job going into the international break. Ancelotti, who left Real Madrid in the summer, is the current favourite to step into the role if needed, while Guus Hiddink, who took temporary charge of Chelsea in 2009, is also in the running.


At 69, Capello's age will likely count against him when it comes to taking over at Stamford Bridge, as will his acrimonious exit from his role as England manager, from which he was forced to resign after the FA took the decision to remove John Terry as captain.

Mourinho guided Chelsea to the title last season but has been accused of falling out with his players this term, while also waging a war with the media and the FA. It has even been claimed that one player would 'prefer to lose' rather than win for Mourinho, while Capello previously claimed that the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss isn't suited for staying in charge of a club for a prolonged period.

“Mourinho is a great coach — but burns out his players after a year-and-a-half, at most two years," he said. “I had already heard it when he was at Real Madrid and now we have confirmation in London.”

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