FA: English coach to join Capello

FA: English coach to join Capello

Published Jul. 16, 2010 4:16 p.m. ET

An English coach will be asked to join Fabio Capello's backroom staff in order to gain valuable experience under a new initiative from the FA.

The coach will work alongside Capello's number two Stuart Pearce as well as the England boss and will provide support for the Italian while Pearce is on duty with the Under-21 set-up.

The plan is seen as a chance to begin grooming an English coach as a possible successor to Capello.

None of Capello's Italian assistants will be leaving the set-up but Pearce's commitments with the Under-21s has given the FA an opportunity to provide a learning platform for another England coach.


The decision comes after the FA announced its intention to appoint an independent chairman following the resignation of Lord Triesman in May.

The appointment of an independent chairman was among the key recommendations of the Burns Report.

Brooking is taking on a pivotal role in the England set-up following the disastrous World Cup campaign in South Africa.

He is also charged with the task, along with Capello, of improving the skills and development of English coaches.

Brooking will provide recommendations in relation to international player development and coach education set-up.

Capello, backed by the FA despite England's poor showing in South Africa, is now expected to focus on youth - especially for the friendly against Hungary on August 11.

The Italian is almost certain to remove some of the old guard and replace them with Under-21s or even some players from the Under-19 squad who are preparing for their the European Champions campaign in France.