Fabio Capello in the mix to become next Liverpool manager

Former England manager interested but behind Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Martinez in pecking order

Fabio Capello would be interested in the manager's position at Liverpool, though he is waiting to see if the club's American 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 that both Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Martinez are higher up the group's order of possible 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 the Liverpool managing director, Ian Ayre, should not be ruled out and, with FSG still going through the process of contacting managers, the Italian is a possible contender.

The only approaches Capello and his representatives have received so far 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 both formally rejected the idea of taking charge of Liverpool yesterday, yet Capello is looking for a project. He accepts that 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.

With Anfield's principal owner John W Henry and his compatriots yet to meet any prospective manager, the greatest momentum does appear to be with Martinez and Villas-Boas,however. Villas-Boas has not added publicly to the statement he offered on Sunday afternoon when arriving to watch the Portuguese Cup final between Academica and Sporting, at the invitation of Academica – one of his former clubs.

The 34-year-old said then: "I'm still choosing the right project and that decision will take the necessary time". It is understood that 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 he also realises that potentially he has more to lose than to win at Anfield, because a second failure in England would render the Premier League closed to him.

Always conscious of mapping out his career path, the Portuguese wants a stable environment where he has room to breathe. It seems that a meeting between him and FSG in Boston would involve the Americans doing some of the work to persuade him that Liverpool is that secure place in which to rebuild his career.

He will know that Liverpool's commercial destiny still hangs to a huge extent on the very uncertain prospect of whether they can move forward quickly with a new stadium, or with the redevelopment of Anfield. Ayre has reported progress with Anfield residents who pose an impediment to the latter option, though the club are not there yet.

"It's all right for people to say 'Liverpool's a big football club – 60,000 seats, why don't you just go and get on with it?" said Ayre last Thursday. "Go and look at the economics of that – of a £300m build for 15,000 new seats. It's pretty hard to make that stack up. A decision will be announced when we've got certainty."

The position at Roma has also interested Villas-Boas, though that carries baggage with a relatively old side to rebuild, much as Chelsea were when Villas-Boas arrived there last summer. Overall the picture remains deeply confused, with suggestions that Martinez may be destined for Aston Villa, rather than Liverpool, still not entirely extinguished last night. With Liverpool clearly not an alluring prospect to every continental manager, Capello has some reason to believe the call may come.

Capello's cups

Milan (1987, 1991-96, 1997-98)

Serie A title: 4 (1992, 1993, 1994, 1996),Supercoppa Italiana: 3 (1992, 1993, 1994),European Cup: 1994, UEFA Super Cup: 1994, Coppa Italia: 1998

Real Madrid (1996-97, 2006-07)

La Liga: 2 (1997, 2007), Supercopa de Espana: 1997

Juventus (2004-06)

Serie A: 2 (2005, '06 – both revoked)

England (2008-12)

Qualification for World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Billie Piper as Brona in Penny Dreadful
tvReview: It’s business as usual in Victorian London. Let’s hope that changes as we get further into the new series spoiler alert
Life and Style
A nurse tends to a recovering patient on a general ward at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham
health
News
science
Arts and Entertainment
No Offence
tvReview: No Offence has characters who are larger than life and yet somehow completely true to life at the same time spoiler alert
News
Chuck Norris pictured in 1996
people
Arts and Entertainment
Sarah Lucas, I SCREAM DADDIO, Installation View, British Pavilion 2015
artWhy Sarah Lucas is the perfect choice to represent British art at the Venice Biennale
News
A voter placing a ballot paper in the box at a polling station
i100
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
The Queen (Kristin Scott Thomas) in The Audience
theatreReview: Stephen Daldry's direction is crisp in perfectly-timed revival
Sport
football
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

Flesh in Venice

Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
11 best anti-ageing day creams

11 best anti-ageing day creams

Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1: Five things we learnt, including Iker Casillas is past it and Carlos Tevez remains effective

Juventus vs Real Madrid

Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power