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The English Football Association are set to name the Italian trainer
The English Football Association are set to name the Italian trainer Fabio Capello as the new manager of the national side.

Capello, 61, was approved by the FA on Thursday, and his appointment is expected to be confirmed today after details of his contract have been ironed out.

"The board has approved his appointment as manager subject to further contract negotiations," said an FA spokesman.

"These will continue. But there are no problems and we're going through the process for a successful conclusion."

The former AC Milan, Roma, Juventus and Real Madrid trainer will become only the second foreigner to manage the English national side.

Sven-Goran Eriksson, who was the first, told the BBC on Thursday that, "He is a very good man and manager. His record speaks very clear. He has won titles in Italy."

Capello has also won the La Liga with Real Madrid. He was also capped 32 times for Italy, and scored a goal that helped bring the national side their first ever victory at Wembley in 1973. He also lifted the Champions League with AC Milan in 1994.

An opera fan and a travel enthusiast, Capello's likely appointment has been criticized in some quarters due to the fact the Italian has a limited grasp of English. More cynical commentators have suggested, however, that this is something that may very well enable him to bond with the England stars, themselves hardly renowned for their verbosity and polished language skills.

Others have admitted that Capello is a professional and experienced coach but have spoken of their desire to see the job go to an English trainer.

"I'm sad to be honest," said Reading manager Steve Coppell, speaking to the BBC. "I'm a proud English manager and I would have loved an Englishman to have been in charge."

The English Football Association began their search for a new manager after the dismissal of the previous trainer, Steve McClaren, following England's 3-2 defeat at home to Croatia in November. The result meant that England would miss out on Euro 2008, their first absence at a major tournament since 1994.

Other candidates for the job included the former Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, who turned down an FA approach this week.

If confirmed as the manager, Capello will have plenty of time to get used to the job before being put to the test - England's next competitive fixture is not until September 2008.

The Italian's salary is expected to be around $12 million a year.


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