Italy hero Cannavaro 'agrees deal to become new manager at Benevento'

Italy hero Fabio Cannavaro ‘agrees deal to become the new manager at Serie B side Benevento’… with 2006 World Cup-winning captain set to end 12-month absence from dugout since leaving Guangzhou Evergrande

  • Fabio Cannavaro has had five managerial jobs since hanging up his boots in 2011
  • The 49-year-old left Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande in September last year 
  • Reports claim 2006 World Cup winner has agreed two-year deal at Benevento
  • It would represent a first European managerial post for ex-defender Cannavaro 

Fabio Cannavaro has reportedly agreed to return to management after a year’s absence with Serie B side Benevento.

Italy’s 2006 World Cup-winning captain has already enjoyed five managerial stints since hanging up his boots in 2011, including a brief spell as China boss.

The 49-year-old left Chinese outfit Guangzhou Evergrande in September last year after winning both the Chinese Super League title and the Chinese Super Cup during his four-year stint.

Fabio Cannavaro has reportedly agreed to take over as boss of Serie B side Benevento

But reports in Italy claim Cannavaro will now return to the dugout after agreeing a two-year contract with Benevento.

It would represent a first European managerial post for Cannavaro in charge of a side who finished seventh in Italy’s second division last season.

The club won promotion to Serie A for the first time five years ago but finished bottom in 2017-18, losing their first 14 matches in the top flight.

They then made it back into the top flight for the 2020-21 season but again the club could not avoid the drop.

Cannavaro has been out of management since leaving Guangzhou Evergrande last year

In February, Cannavaro that he was in the running for both the Everton and Watford managerial jobs that were going last season.

On the Everton job, the 48-year-old was interviewed for the position by majority owner Fahrad Moshiri but ultimately understands why he chose to appoint Lampard instead – someone who has been part of English football throughout his life.

‘I met the owner [Farhad Moshiri] and he was so clear with me,’ he told The Telegraph in an interview. 

‘I explained to him my philosophy, my strategy. But of course it’s understandable when you have the opportunity to take Lampard who stays [in England], who knows better than me, maybe, the Premier League.’

Reports in Italy claim the 2006 World Cup-winning captain has agreed a two-year deal

On Watford, he continued: ‘They told me they wanted to find a coach in a few days and of course he is a coach with experience in the Premier League, he knows the players.

‘I know I cannot make a mistake now. I need to choose the right club – in England, Italy, Spain.

‘Now everyone wants to have big results in a short time so I need to be sure of the club.

Benevento have been relegated in their only two seasons in Serie A in the club’s history

‘Even if it’s a small club, I don’t care because I just want to be a coach so I can share my experience. I am really confident I can do a good job.’

He now appears to have made this step, which comes after a glittering playing career which saw him represent Napoli, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid.

He won two LaLiga titles with the Spanish side as well as 136 caps for the Italy national team.

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