Fabio Capello to add English coach to backroom team

Fabio Capello (left) and Stuart Pearce
Capello (left) is thought to want a coach to work with Pearce

England boss Fabio Capello has agreed to appoint a young English coach in his backroom team in addition to Stuart Pearce, BBC Sport understands.

Football Association director of development Sir Trevor Brooking will help select the coach and will make his recommendation in December.

Pearce, who is in charge of the England Under-21 team, is already part of Capello’s backroom staff.

The move came after the FA board met to review England’s dismal World Cup.

BBC sports news correspondent Dan Roan said: “The FA wants Brooking and Capello to identify an additional young English coach to work as part of England’s backroom team, as well as Stuart Pearce.

“This is effectively an attempt at succession-planning by the FA.

“Pearce has a dual role as Under-21 manager, and the FA is keen to start grooming another potential successor to Capello.”


He added: “It is also understood that none of Capello’s team of Italian assistant coaches will be leaving the England set-up.”

With Pearce sometimes away on Under-21 duty, the FA wants to promote a greater sense of continuity in the set-up, as well as helping to bridge the gap between players and manager.

The FA also stressed on Thursday its intention to appoint an independent chairman following the resignation of Lord Triesman in May, although its desire for someone with “a real affinity to football” could put it on collision course with the government.

The FA wants to remove from its rules the stipulation that its chairman must have a minimum of 12 months without a material business relationship to a football entity.

A completely independent chairman was one of the key recommendations of the Burns Report.

Lord Triesman was forced to quit after a private conversation with a former civil service colleague was secretly recorded and then published by a newspaper.

There are a lot of good English players in the country…The pathway is an issue in my view
England U19 manager Noel Blake

The comments included claims that the Spanish FA was looking for help to bribe referees at the World Cup in South Africa and were seen as being potentially damaging to England 2018 World Cup bid. However, Fifa took no action over the allegations.

In addition to selecting a new coach for the England set-up, Capello and Brooking – who appears to be taking an increasingly influential role in the wake of the World Cup disappointment – will also work together with the aim of improving the skills and development of English coaches.

The pair will produce recommendations in relation to international player development and coach education set-up, with the FA keen to learn the lessons of a World Cup in which a much-hyped England won just one match.

Capello, who kept his job after the competition, did not address the board at the gathering but met members of Club England including Brooking, chairman Sir Dave Richards, FA general secretary Alex Horne and Club England managing director Adrian Bevington.

Capello said after being told his job was safe that he will focus more on youth. The first steps towards that strategy could be visible when England play Hungary in a friendly at Wembley on 11 August.

Having had the squad with the highest average age in South Africa, Capello is expected to call-up some younger players and may even take the opportunity to take a look at the England Under-19s when they start their European Championship finals campaign in France on Sunday.

England will face Austria, Holland and France in the group stages, although manager Noel Blake is unsure whether Capello will be in attendance.

“I don’t know his diary,” said Blake. “But, when we qualified for the finals a couple of years ago, his assistant [Franco Baldini] came out and we do get good support from the senior end of things.”

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