Capello in talks with New York City FC

A disappointing expansion season has Manchester City’s partner club considering its options and opening talks with the former England manager, who was recently sacked by Russia

GOALBy Ives Galarcep 

New York City FC are in discussions with former England manager Fabio Capello over their head coaching role, Goal understands.

Sources have confirmed the 69-year-old, who was sacked by the Russian national team in June, has held talks with the club’s ownership around taking over ahead of the 2016 season.

Capello would replace current New York City head coach Jason Kreis, who has faced speculation regarding his position following a disappointing inaugural season in MLS.

Kreis won the MLS Cup in 2009 with Real Salt Lake and is regarded as one of the most respected young coaches in the United States, but New York City finished seven points behind the league’s other new team for 2015, Orlando City.

Capello, meanwhile, previously worked with one of New York City’s marquee players, Frank Lampard, during his time as England manager and also came close to signing Andrea Pirlo while in the top job at Real Madrid.

Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, who currently works for New York City’s partner club Manchester City, has also been linked with the job but Goal understands the chances of him accepting an offer are slim.

Capello’s interest in a move to America could encourage New York City to dispense with Kreis, but at least two other MLS teams have also been in contact with the ex-Juventus manager.

He has spent the last eight years coaching the national teams in Russia and England but previously enjoyed a storied club career, winning the Champions League with AC Milan in 1994.