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Last Updated: Friday, 14 December 2007, 18:04 GMT
Capello's backroom boys
Fabio Capello
Capello's trusted assistants will join him in England

New England manager Fabio Capello is bringing his own backroom staff to the job and is expected to add to it some well-known English names.

Four fellow Italians - Franco Baldini, Italo Galbiati, Massimo Neri and Franco Tancredi - are rejoining the 61-year-old, having all helped Real Madrid win La Liga last season.

Capello is to discuss with FA director of football Sir Trevor Brooking how to integrate an English presence into the set-up.

Here, BBC Sport gives the lowdown on those coming with Capello - and the other candidates to join his team.


Baldini first worked with Capello in 1999 when he was appointed director of football at Roma. They won the Serie A title in 2001 and, after Capello left in 2004, Baldini resigned in March 2005. The pair joined up again at Real Madrid in 2006.

Franco Baldini
Baldini could be the man to liaise with Premier League bosses

The 47-year-old carries a reputation as an international transfer fixer and talent spotter, which has seen him heavily linked with the newly created technical director's post at West Ham, but Capello feels his opinion and knowledge of players is priceless.

A number of board members expressed reservations that Baldini's role might clash with the FA's director of football development, Sir Trevor Brooking, but Capello is thought to have won the battle to bring his right-hand man along.

Baldini is likely to be the man who liaises with the 20 Premier League managers - often fronting up as the public face of the new 'Team England' and speaking to the media.

He is Capello's closest football confidant and is often charged with telling players they have been dropped.


The 'good cop' to Capello's 'bad cop' will be England's new assistant manager, having also performed the role at Milan - under Capello and Arrigo Sacchi - Roma and Real Madrid.

The 69-year-old, who helped Inter Milan to three Serie A titles and two European Cups as a player in the 1960s, shares Capello's winning attitude and hates losing, even in training.


Neri, 48, is Capello's fitness coach and the man credited with whipping Real Madrid into shape for their first league title in four years last term.


As a player Neri never made it higher than Serie C, his career ending at the age of 27, but he then trained as a physical instructor and joined the support staff at Lecce in 1985.

He joined Capello at Roma in 2001 and went on with him to Juventus and Real Madrid.

Neri will bring energy and enthusiasm to the camp, while attempting to ensure the players stay fit and healthy.


This appointment is likely to spell the end for Ray Clemence's association with the national team. Given the recent catalogue of errors made by England stoppers, goalkeeping coach Tancredi will have quite a job on his hands.

The 52-year-old made 228 appearances for Roma between 1979 and 1990, which is when he met Capello, and played for Italy 12 times.

Known as a penalty-saving specialist, he will hope to pass his expertise on to England who have been eliminated from five of their last seven major tournaments on spot-kicks.

Tancredi first worked with Capello at Roma and has followed him every step of the way since.



A glittering playing career saw Zola, 41, make over 100 appearances for each of Napoli, Parma and Chelsea, as well as pick up 35 caps for Italy.

Not only would the former Italy forward be capable of working on England's attacking play and technical ability but he also speaks good English and could operate as a link between Capello and his squad.

Zola is Currently working alongside former Blues team-mate Pierluigi Casiraghi in the Italian under-21 setup.


A versatile midfielder who starred at the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Platt, 41, spent four years playing in Serie A before returning to England with Arsenal. He scored 27 goals in 62 games for England but his managerial record is less impressive. A short spell with Sampdoria in 1998 preceded a dreadful two years at Nottingham Forest.

Stuart Pearce
Pearce is currently England Under-21 coach

As England Under-21 coach he qualified for the 2002 European Championships but failed to do so two years later.


One of the most highly regarded English defenders of all time, Pearce made over 400 appearances for Nottingham Forest and became caretaker manager in his final season. He later took over from Kevin Keegan as Manchester City boss.

The 45-year-old was in charge of the England Under-21 side on a part-time basis, leading them to the semi-finals of the 2007 European Championships, before being appointed full-time.


Shearer, 37, has little coaching experience and is still studying for his coaching badges, but there has been a clamour for the former England captain to be included in the new coaching set-up.

He scored 422 goals in a 17-season professional career and sits joint-fifth in the all-time list of England goalscorers.


The former Arsenal and England captain is working as Portsmouth's assistant manager under Harry Redknapp. After retiring as a player he scoured the globe for coaching tips and watched in on one of Capello's training sessions at Juventus.

Adams, 41, had a disastrous spell in charge of Wycombe before short trainee coaching roles with Dutch clubs Feyenoord and Utrecht.

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