Capello in the mix to take charge at Liverpool as AVB considers options

 

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Fabio Capello would be interested in the manager's position at Liverpool, though he is waiting to see if the club's owners want to give him the opportunity to stake his claim for the position vacated by Kenny Dalglish.

Fenway Sports Group have not yet contacted the 65-year-old, which suggests Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Martinez are higher up the group's order of candidates. It is understood Martinez had initial contact from Liverpool on Sunday and is thought to be preparing to fly to the owners' Boston base on Thursday. Nevertheless, the possibility of Capello receiving a call from Liverpool should not be ruled out, with FSG still going through the process of contacting managers.

The only approaches Capello and his representatives have received have been from agents, offering to act as go-betweens with Liverpool. Capello's team have told them that if they bring a deal to their table then they will consider it. The former England manager's stance appears to be far more positive, from a Liverpool perspective, than the majority of continental managers who have been connected with the job since Dalglish was dismissed last Thursday. The Ajax manager Frank de Boer and Marseilles' Didier Deschamps formally rejected the idea of taking charge of Liverpool yesterday.

Capello accepts his next role does not necessarily have to be at a Champions League club and he has always viewed Liverpool as one of the big English jobs. Capello saw the club in the same bracket as Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal in the summer of 2007 when out of work and looking for his next move. But Rafael Benitez had just taken Liverpool to the Champions League final and, after calls came from Major League Soccer in the United States as well as from Australia and Asia, Capello sat tight and waited for the England national job.

The momentum does appear to be with Martinez and Villas-Boas. It is understood the former Chelsea manager's approach to this opportunity is one of very cautious interest. Villas-Boas knows he will not win the title immediately with Liverpool. But a second failure in England would render the Premier League closed to him.

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