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Capello confirms retirement from management

By Harry West
Fabio Capello

Milan, April 9: Former AC Milan, Real Madrid and England boss Fabio Capello announced he has retired from management as he brushed aside speculation linking him with the Italy job.

The 71-year-old was dismissed by Chinese Super League outfit Jiangsu Suning in March, and that spell looks to be the last of a trophy-laden coaching career spanning more than 30 years.

The veteran Italian boss took over in June, 2017, and helped the club evade the threat of relegation, eventually leading them to a 12th-place finish in the 16-team top flight.

Suning won once and lost twice in their opening three CSL matches this season, but reports suggest that issues with the club's hierarchy rather than their early form was behind his exit.

Capello won Serie A titles with both Milan and Roma either side of the turn of the century, adding the Champions League with the Rossoneri in 1994.

He also claimed La Liga glory in both of his single-season stints at the Santiago Bernabeu, although he is less fondly remembered by England fans following the team's poor showing at the 2010 World Cup.

As Italy seek a permanent successor to Giampiero Ventura - who paid the price for failing to guide the Azzurri through a World Cup qualifying play-off against Sweden in November - Capello rejected any notion of returning to the game as a manager.

"I have already said no ," Capello told Radio Rai.

"I've already had some experience with the English and Russian national teams.

"I wanted to try to train a club once again and Jiangsu was my last football experience.

"I did everything I wanted, I'm very happy with what I did, and now I am delighted to be a TV commentator. You always win in this role!"

Source: OPTA

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