Ex-England boss Fabio Capello could be the next Chelsea manager REUTERS

The former manager of the English national team, Fabio Capello, could be in line to return to the country, to take over the reins at Chelsea, next season. A Daily Mail report speculated that the Italian tactician, who left the FA under acrimonious conditions, could replace Roberto Di Matteo's interim appointment.

Capello quit as coach of the English national side earlier this year and, at the time, it seemed unlikely the veteran Italian would ever return to England. However, it seems Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, has been weighing up his options to replace Di Matteo with a more permanent appointment... and he doesn't have that many left. The Italian now emerges as a serious contender for the role.

The 66-year-old tactician would be welcomed at Chelsea by players such as John Terry and Frank Lampard, especially after Capello showed his support for Terry and resigned from his managerial post when the FA stripped the defender of the England captaincy.

Capello has enjoyed an extremely successful club career, to date. He has three Serie A titles (two with AC Milan and one with Roma; he also won the league twice with Juventus but those were later revoked as part of the Calcipoli scandal), two La Liga titles (both with Real Madrid) and a Champions League winner's medal (with AC Milan). Moreover, he is understood to be keen on joining a club with strong financial resources and Chelsea would certainly fit that bill.

"Fabio will be very happy to coach an English club as long as the project is an interesting one. That means the club will need to match his ambition and have the money to buy the players he would need.'Ideally, he'd like to coach for two more years and then perhaps spend a third year showing a younger manager the ropes before retiring.'What happened with the England national team would not prevent him from returning to the country - why should it? His record with England was good," said a source, discussing the possibility of Capello returning, to the Daily Mail.