Moscow, July 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Former Russia midfielder Alexander Mostovoi Wednesday said he would eagerly accept an offer to become Fabio Capello’s assistant coach at the national team.
Capello, expected to be confirmed as Russia coach in the coming days, reportedly wants a Russian assistant.
His agent Shumi Babaev told business daily Kommersant that former Celta Vigo midfielder Mostovoi was the most suitable candidate.
“If such an offer suddenly comes, I would accept it with pleasure,” said Mostovoi, who amassed 50 caps in an international career that ended at Euro 2004.
“I’m not against being included into the coaching team of the squad,” the 43-year-old added.
Mostovoi encountered Capello’s teams several times in the Champions League during his eight years in Spain.
“I know him (Capello), I have played against his teams very often,” Mostovoi said.
Capello has coached AC Milan, Juventus, AS Roma and Real Madrid, among others.
If confirmed, Capello’s first game in charge would be August 15 friendly against the Ivory Coast in Moscow.
He has been unemployed since February, when he resigned from his position as England manager after four years in charge, in protest at interference in team affairs from the country’s FA.