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Last Updated: Friday, 14 December 2007, 17:07 GMT
What they say about Capello

Fabio Capello
Capello looks set to succeed Steve McClaren as England manager
Italian coaching giant Fabio Capello has been appointed as the next England manager.

The appointment fulfils the Football Association's brief to appoint a "world-class manager".

But what can England expect from the former AC Milan, Real Madrid, Roma and Juventus coach?

Here are the views of players, managers and the man himself on his style, attitude and what he will bring to English football.


"There's a bit of work to do with the England team to get them to the level that you all expect. There's tremendous pressure on the England coach which Fabio will understand when he's two minutes into the job. But you need the experience that he's got."
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

"I spoke to Ruud van Nistelrooy during the summer and Ruud swore by (Capello), said he was absolutely brilliant. I think that's just what England need at the moment, a no-nonsense manager. Look at his CV, it's absolutely fantastic, and I wish him well."
Sunderland manager and former Manchester United captain Roy Keane

"Capello is a big-time manager with a wealth of experience. He's a winner and he'll command respect in the England dressing room. The negative would be that he's not English but you show me a long line of great English coaches - there aren't that many about. English football, the national side, is at a crossroads and Capello can only take them one way."
Match of the Day pundit Alan Hansen

"He's a very tough person and a very good trainer, a good coach. He has a great feeling for tactics and also he prepares the match in a perfect way. Sometimes he wants to create conflict inside a dressing room because that way he can get better from the players. He's a very special person."
Former Croatia international Zvonimir Boban (won the European Cup while playing under Capello at AC Milan)

"I think the England players do believe in their own publicity. We have great expectations that far exceed the actual quality of the team. I'm all for people grabbing these superstars and saying 'you're playing for the three lions, get out there and do the business'. I hope someone's got the bottle to do that and I think Capello has."
Former England captain Terry Butcher

"It's a shame to go looking for a Swede or an Italian. It is as if you are saying to the English coaches: 'You are in England, you are all rubbish and we are going to look elsewhere'."
France coach Raymond Domenech

"With Capello you can start dreaming of winning something again. He'll give you the best chance you have had for ages, a better chance than Sven-Goran Eriksson did."
Former Italy coach Dino Zoff

"He has always been a winner wherever he has gone. Fabio thinks about England as the mother of the game and the teacher of football."
Capello's former assistant at AC Milan Franco Baldini

"I have known Fabio Capello for many years. I was his opponent in Serie A for 10 years. He is a very good man and manager. Capello is one of the best managers you can find."
Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, who is now at Manchester City

"This man will not suffer fools. He will drop people. Not only is he a good tactician, he is a good psychologist."
Former AC Milan and England striker Mark Hateley

"He's a person I know very well. He's a great professional with unquestionable credentials to do the job. He has a very distinct style of play. As far as the language barrier, I remember a manager's meeting in Switzerland and he was speaking in English. I actually think he speaks it quite well."
Tottenham boss Juande Ramos

I think he can win the World Cup with England and make them into a team feared and respected throughout the world

Juventus manager Claudio Ranieri

"Capello is ideal for this job. If England are capable of winning something, I truly believe Capello is the man who will bring it out in them."
Arrigo Sacchi, who Capello succeeded at AC Milan in 1991

"He is a great manager. He is a good worker and has clear ideas what to do. He is a winner. If you want to express something it is not easy as I found out. But he has experience and I am sure he will handle it."
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez

"Capello certainly fits the bill with all the titles he has won at all levels of football. He has proved himself to be a winner with success everywhere he has been."
England midfielder Frank Lampard

"You do not see him laughing much - he is moody. But he knows what he wants. You have to go his way or you will get in trouble."
LA Galaxy manager Ruud Gullit (won the European Cup while playing under Capello at AC Milan)

"Even when Jose Mourinho was in the running I believed that Capello had even more charisma, talent and experience for a challenging job like this one.
Former Chelsea and Italy striker Gianfranco Zola

"I think he can win the World Cup with England and make them into a team feared and respected throughout the world. He is one of the best."
Juventus manager Claudio Ranieri

"He is a difficult guy. He is a professional and is very demanding but I believe that this is the thing that England need."
Former France international Marcel Desailly (played for Capello at AC Milan)

"He just oozes class and he has got the gravitas to take any job in the world. He has a fantastic lot of talent to choose from and I'm sure Capello will have England as one of the top nations in the world again."
Birmingham manager Alex McLeish

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

"I think the players will know their roles. I don't think it will be sexy football but we want to win and qualify for competitions and I think this is the best man for the job."
Former England international Martin Keown


"People say I am impatient when it comes to football and they are right."
After Real Madrid's 1-0 win over Real Zaragoza in January 2007

"I can't stand the rubbish that gets talked about by everyone, players, fans, the media, club officials. Why should I waste my time listening to people who are clearly less intelligent than me?"
After the same match against Zaragoza

"The players have to know we are here to work, to be serious and professional, but I would not call it an iron fist."
After he banned the players' families from the training ground during part of his reign at Real Madrid because he did not want any distractions

People say I am impatient when it comes to football and they are right.

Fabio Capello

"How can players of the level of Beckham or Owen have performances so different when they play for their national team? It is clear the shirt is very heavy even for those great champions. The manager has to be more of a psychologist than a tactician or a technician. There is a mental block - otherwise how can you explain their elimination from Euro 2008?"
Interview with the Sun

"The challenge of coaching a national side like England would be something different. The job is not about coaching every day...It would be a very difficult challenge but a very exciting one."
Interview with BBC Football Focus in November 2007

"In my house there are no pictures of me with trophies or cups. Those sorts of things are closed away inside boxes."
Interview in September 2006 on Uefa's website

"I'm a man from the country so I like to be on the pitch. I was eager to teach the young kids how to improve in this world both technically and as a person."
Talking earlier this year about starting out as a youth coach

"You have to find a way to play according to the players you have in the squad. Never stick to only one system. I think that is the biggest mistake you can make. Many people think there is one only good system but I think there are many."
His response when asked if he had any advice for young coaches


"It's exactly what we need after Sven and McLaren. Someone with a bit of passion who won't tolerate lack of commitment and isn't interested in picking players based on reputation alone. I don't care if we win every game 1-0 as long as we get past the quarter finals of a major competition."

"The fact of the matter is that Capello IS the right man for the job. I don't give a monkey's where the manager comes from, as long as the team starts winning things! Portugal had a Brazilian in charge, South Korea had a Dutchman in charge, Russia have a Dutchman in charge. And all three of those teams have done better than England in recent years."


"At last an England manager with an actual GENUINE track record. I remember his Milan team's demolition of the great Barca side in 1994. Still the most comprehensive destruction of a world-class team I have ever seen."

"Give the job to Redknapp who would do it for half the money and with twice the passion. Unlike all these prima donna coaches who have simply won titles with billion dollar teams Harry has made a good team out of a small budget with skill and expertise."

"There's no doubt that Capello is a quality manager but the fact he can't speak our language is obviously a big problem. I think if we are going to have him it can only work if the FA brings in some English coaches to help him."

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