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Saturday 24 February 2018

English FA move quickly in effort to fend off Inter bid for boss

Fabio Capello. Photo: Getty Images
Fabio Capello. Photo: Getty Images

Sam Wallace

FABIO CAPELLO will have crucial talks with the English FA today aimed at shoring up his future as England manager after a torrid two days in which he suggested he might join Internazionale after the World Cup finals.

The FA rapidly reorganised its entire England organisation yesterday in order to appease Capello before he leads the team to South Africa on Wednesday. Dave Richards, the chairman of the newly formed Club England, will speak to Capello today to tell him the FA wants him to stay.

Capello's ambiguous statements over his future in light of the interest from Inter sent the FA into overdrive on Saturday night and by yesterday morning they had fast-tracked the Club England organisation into existence to take care of all matters relating to the national team.


Richards, who has been appointed chairman, will tell Capello that he has the complete faith of the FA and not to entertain any interest shown in him from Inter. The FA will also encourage the Italian to delete the break clause in his contract for this summer. It had said the clause had been removed, but at the weekend it transpired that it still existed.

Unfortunately for the FA, when Capello was asked about the issue, he had to be prompted as to the name of Richards, the FA figure to whom he will now answer.

Capello said: "I know everything. I'm happy. I will speak with the new chairman."

He added: "I have not spoken with anyone at Inter. I know nothing about this. My name is in the newspapers and on the radio, and they are an important team, but I can't say anything about this. You know everything about this. I spoke with the first chairman (he meant former CEO Brian Barwick), I spoke with Lord Triesman, now I need to speak with the other one (Richards)."

Irish Independent

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