Fabio Capello-New England Coach

Team England’s search for its new manager has come to an end. The ball club made final the designation Friday of Italian coach Fabio Capello as its new manager for the next four years and a half. The Football Association’s management has approved Capello’s appointment, who will receive $9.37 million a year, will formally take charge of the team on Monday. Capello, 61, succeeds Steve McClaren, and would hopefully bring Team England to the finals unlike his predecessor.

He has signed in with England after marathon discussions with FA’s board of directors.

“I am delighted that Fabio Capello has agreed to become England manager,” said FA chief executive Brian Barwick in a report on BBC News.

Barwick said Capello’s expertise would enhance the team’s goal of playing world soccer champships. He said Capello will bring in an all-Italian four-man support team with him: assistants Franco Baldini and Italo Galbiati, goalkeeping coach Franco Tancredi and fitness coach Massimo Neri.

An English assistant coach is to be added to the staff but his complete identity has not been announced. Reports said with under-21 coach Stuart Pearce is one of the contenders for this role.

Capello will perform his first duties for the team on Monday, in a formal news conference, though he would start work officially on January 7.

The Associated Press said he will face off with team Switzerkand for an exhibition match, while the credited square off will begin August 2008. This would be England’s beginning bid to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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