Fabio Capello, the ex-England and Russian Federation coach, signs with Jiangsu Suning on a 18-month contract worth a yearly salary of 10-million euros, the Chinese Super League (CSL) club announced on Sunday. With star players like Brazilians Alex Teixeira and Ramires, the Italian's first task would be to lead Jiangsu out of the relegation zone.
Despite reaching the knockout phase of the Asian Champions League, Jiangsu have struggled so far this season.
Fellow CSL side Beijing Guo'an, meanwhile, has named former Bayer Leverkusen and Salzburg head coach Roger Schmidt as replacement for the recently sacked Jose Gonzalez.
Capello, now 70, brings a glittering resume.
The Gorizian tactician made his name at Milan, winning Serie A four times before clinching the LaLiga crown with Real during a first spell in Madrid.
In 2007, he took over as England manager and oversaw a storming qualification campaign for the 2010 World Cup.
But Capello's first taste of management at a major global tournament ended in humiliation as England crashed out with a 4-1 defeat against old rivals Germany in the last 16.
He eventually quit after the decision to strip John Terry of the captaincy following a racism charge was taken without his consent.
"He will be the head coach of our team since today".
This club is owned by Suning Group, who also run Inter.
Last year, the company bought a majority stake in Inter Milan.
Former Chelsea manager Scolari coaches current champions Guangzhou Evergrande.
Capello joins the club just as the Chinese Football Association has stepped up its fight against spiralling big-money deals for foreign players, which have raised concerns over the solvency of clubs.