England Courts Fabio Capello for Head Coach

Italian set to leave Real Madrid to replace McLaren at helm
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2007 2:41 PM CST
Real Madrid's coach Fabio Capello of Italy celebrates after Real Madrid scored the winning goal scoring against Espanyol during a Spanish league soccer match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The British Football Association may finally have found its head coach, as CEO Brian Barwick zeros in on Real Madrid's Fabio Capello. Pending likely approval from Capello's lawyers, Barwick will formally propose Capello to the FA board today. If appointed, Capello would coach England in the 2010 World Cup, with an option to stay until the 2012 European Championship.

"I think Capello is the best possible choice for England," said former Italy coach Marcello Lippi, also on Barwick's shortlist for the job, which is expected to pay some $8 million a year. Capello has attempted to quash rumors of bad blood with David Beckham, which circulated after Capello benched the Real Madrid star for the first half of last season.