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Capello makes his presence felt on first day

Fabio Capello formally began his tenure as England manager yesterday with a series of media engagements, meetings and buy canada goose coat uk language classes, and declared himself impatient for his first game, against Switzerland next month.

Arriving at FA headquarters at 9.30am he comfortably completed the traditional first challenge facing any new incumbent of the impossible job, negotiating the short journey from taxi to FA reception through a media scrum apparently still listless after the Christmas break.

After formal handshakes and hellos to staff whose combined annual salaries would barely cover six months’ wages for the Italian and his best canada goose jacket for women four-strong backroom team, Capello and his first assistant Franco Baldini moved upstairs for the official first-day shots with Sky best canada goose coat for skiing Sports News and an approved photographer.

A little over 18 months ago, when Steve McClaren was smiling his way through the same procedure, it was the FA chief executive, Brian Barwick, who accompanied the new man into a fourth-floor office with a view of one of London’s livelier locales.

In contrast Capello’s first photocall was strictly business, coming at the start of a meeting best place to buy a canada goose jacket in toronto with the Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce kids, a move his employers hope demonstrates the new manager’s willingness buy canada goose jacket edmonton to work with the only Englishman likely to be involved at a senior level on the coaching staff. “I want to have a close working relationship with him [Pearce],” Capello said. “The Under-21s play an important part in the England team’s development.”

Discussions between the two men were conducted in halting English, though with daily two-hour canada goose coat – victoria language lessons scheduled – the first of which took place yesterday afternoon – Capello has every chance of meeting his pledge to address his first squad in their native tongue when they gather at the start of February.

After meeting Pearce and before he addressed himself to conjugating verbs, Capello and Baldini held a series of meetings with Barwick and senior advisers to thrash out the manager’s schedule for the first fortnight in the post and his plans for imminent friendly internationals.

Capello’s first official FA engagement will come on Monday when he leads the English delegation to a fixtures meeting in Zagreb to negotiate the 2010 World Cup qualifiers schedule. It remains to be buy canada goose jacket cheap seen canada goose coat 1000 bulbs led if he follows the policy of his two immediate predecessors by pressing for a run of home games at the end of the campaign. Central to his thinking will be the timing of the away game in Azerbaijan, where winter and summer temperatures are equally inhospitable.

Capello also discussed buy canada goose parka cheap his aspirations for three as-yet unconfirmed friendly dates, the first two coming at the end of the season and the third in August. FA officials will now work on recruiting appropriate opposition, but the Italian is thought to favour matches that will be as competitive as possible, which may raise Scottish hopes that they will be entertained at Wembley.

Later this week Capello will visit Arsenal’s London Colney training ground and the Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire, England’s de facto HQ for home internationals, and he best fake canada goose jacket will attend both Carling Cup semi-finals this week as well as a game on Saturday. Manchester United against Newcastle is a possibility, but he is determined to see as many Premier League sides as possible before selecting his squad for the friendly with Switzerland on February 6.

“The England fans are famous around the world for their strength of support. I look forward to feeling that amazing following for myself on that night,” Capello said.

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