Great Expectations

Here’s a fascinating Radio 4 profile of Fabio Capello – particularly since we know so little about him (which makes a pleasant change, doesn’t it?).

In it, Gabriele Marcotti talks about discovering the company Capello kept when he was Roma’s manager: “He fell into this circle which included poets and artists. They used to meet in this restaurant in the San Lorenzo arty neighbourhood in Rome, and while away afternoons with them, tasting different productions of olive oil with Capello. This was Capello’s bohemian period.”

When you know that one of his best friends is a Russian conductor, you know that this isn’t the same world that Kevin Keegan and Steve McClaren inhabit… and that he will never get caught by the tabloids with the likes of Ulrika Jonsson.

One thing’s for sure: he’s a man that, according to former cricketer and author of the lucid and thought-provoking What Sport Tells Us About Life, Ed Smith, “conveys a sense of expectation.”

And so, indeed, does England…

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