Italian football coach Fabio Capello who is undoubtedly one of the greatest club managers of all time has announced he will be retiring from football coaching.
Capello told an Italian radio station that he will no longer be returning to the dugout after achieving all his goals as a head coach.
The 71-year-old Italian managed some of the biggest club teams in world football including AC Milan, Real Madrid, Juventus, Roma and two spells as an international team manager with England and Russia.
He once famously took AC Milan on an unbeaten run of 58 games which won them the Italian Scudetto and European Cup along the way.
After being sacked as head coach of Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning back in March, Capello decided to call time on his career and never return to the dugout again.
The Italian who has recently been linked to the vacant manager’s job of the Italian national side told the Italian radio station Radio Rai: “Italy’s bench? I have already said no.
“I’ve already had the experiences of managing England and Russia national teams.
“I wanted to train a club team again and being in charge of Jiangsu was my last football experience.
“I did everything I wanted, I’m very happy with what I did and now I’m delighted to be a commentator. You always win in this role.”
During his time as a first-team coach, he picked up a total of 14 honours in his long 36-year managerial career. He won the Champions League, two La Liga crowns, The Serie A five times, four Italian Super Cups, The Coppa Italia and one UEFA Supercup.
The decision now means Italy will continue their search for a successor to GianPiero Ventura who was sacked for failing to qualify for this summers World Cup in Russia.
Capello is backing former Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini for the role, stating his experience at the top level not only in the Italian top flight will help him be a massive success for the Azzurri.