Football: The Big Interview: Simply Fab; Fabio Capello Is the Most Wanted Boss in Europe but for Now He Just Wants to Lead Roma to Euro Glory
Byline: KEIR RADNEDGE
FABIO CAPELLO can't help himself. Almost every day his name is being linked with one of Europe's leading clubs.
That's not because Capello is out of work either. Quite the reverse. For the past 20 months he has been boss of Roma who are reigning Italian champions in contention to keep their crown and possibly add the Champions League trophy this season for good measure.
Capello's record is remarkable. As a midfielder he scored eight goals in 32 appearances for Italy. He starred for Juventus and for Milan. But his subsequent coaching achievements have put his playing record in the shade.
Originally Capello was No.2 at Milan to Arrigo Sacchi and succeeded his mentor when Sacchi took over the Italian national team in 1990.
In five years, Capello masterminded a period of almost total domination in which Milan won the Italian title four times and claimed the Champions League in 1994 - thrashing Barcelona 4-0 in one of the finest final displays for years.
Then Capello was lured away to Spain where he guided Real Madrid to the Spanish league title in his one and only season before returning, briefly, to Milan.
After that it was on to Roma whom he guided last season to their first Serie A title in 18 years. No wonder everyone else envies Roma their coach.
QUESTION: You have been linked with both Manchester United and Barcelona this season. United have stopped looking because Sir Alex Ferguson is staying on but Barcelona may still have a vacancy. Would you be interested?
ANSWER: Who knows? I always said, after I left Milan the first time for Madrid, that I would never go back but I did. So, in football, you never know what will happen tomorrow, next week or next year.
I am a coach, that's my job and if I am given the chance I would always choose to coach at a big club - which is, of course, what I am doing right now with Roma.
When a coach works hard and his team produce the right results then it's perfectly logical other clubs should sit up and take notice whether in the same country or other countries.
All I can do is be grateful other people have noticed whatever I have achieved and am still achieving here with Roma.
Q: Is it essential to have been an outstanding player, as you were, to become a successful coach? …