Former Real Madrid, AC Milan, and Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello has signed with Chinese football club Jiangsu Suning on an 18-month contract with an annual salary of almost €10 million. The deal was confirmed and made official on Sunday.
The following comments were made by the Chinese Super League club in confirmation of the deal with Fabio Capello
“Jiangsu Suning club has officially signed with Fabio Capello today. Capello will manage the club on all matches as the head coach from now on”
“It’s a consideration on the strategic progress of the club in linking up with Capello, who will bring advanced ideas and methods on club management, coaches training and youth team training programme along with steering Jiangsu to built-in agenda”
The Italian Manager will assume the managerial helm with the assistance of some familiar faces who will make up a part of his staff. They are Gianluca Zambrotta and Cristian Brocchi, the ex-caretaker coach of AC Milan.
According to reports, the former England and Russia National team coach paid a visit to Jiangsu Suning’s training ground on Sunday morning to inspect the team’s training procedures. Fabio Capello’s arrival makes him the third Italian coach of repute to have opted for football management in China being preceded by Marcello Lippi and Fabio Cannavaro respectively.
Marcello Lippi is currently the head coach of the Chinese national team while Cannavaro is the manager of Tianjin Quanjian who gained promotion to the top flight of Chinese club football this season.
Jiangsu were in the market for a manager to replace South Korea’s Choi Yong-Soo who tendered his resignation last week. The 70-year-old Italian has a good record as a manager with successes in the Serie A, La Liga and the UEFA Champions League. However, he has been out of management in the dugout for a while after leaving his job in charge of Russia two years ago.
Fabio Capelloi has a job on his hands, as Jiangsu are currently struggling in the league with a position near the bottom of the CSL, and were also eliminated from the AFC Champions League by Shanghai SIPG in the first knockout stage.
The Chinese Super League, CSL, has recently been among the football leagues attracting top class coaches, with the likes of Felipe Scolari managing Guangzhou Evergrande, Manuel Pellegrini in Hubei China Fortune, Villas-Boas in Shanghai SIPG and Felix Magath in Shandong Luneng.