Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Capello Says "Ciao!" To His England Manager Position
In a mixture of shock and predictability Fabio Capello has resigned from his post as England National Team manager. The most apparent reason for this is his beef with the FA over stripping John Terry of the captaincy behind his back. This may be the reason on the surface, but the Italian's discontent with life as England's manager goes deeper.
What really put this into motion was when he gave back the captains arm band to Terry in the wake of him losing it the first time. That was when the issue of his off- field affair with fellow International Wayne Bridge's wife. The fact that these issues- the infidelity and accused racist allegations are aiding in a manger stepping down from his post is outlandish. Like I said these are just the blanket issues covering
Capello's apparent distain for the FA of England, and clearly It had gotten too much for him to take.
Capello threatened to publicly challenge the FA's decision to strip John Terry of the captaincy, pending the outcome of his court case in July, which seemed to be his final stand as now using Terry in the squad would be useless. With stripping the stalwart Terry of the captaincy, using him in the Euro's would be a tough prospect and If I were to bet on it, his play would suffer. Terry relishes being the captain, and the responsibility required up's his game. I have heard pundits say that it doesn't matter if he physically has the captains band on his arm, he will still yell the loudest and lead the squad through play. I do not believe this to be true. When Terry is in the squad the captaincy is rightly his. For me he has not been convicted of racism yet, so therefore how can you punish him? Who knows what Capello actually felt on the matter, but the fact is he was upset that the decision was not left up to him.
He successfully got his squad to this summers' European championships, not to mention doing it in a way that puts them as one of the front-runners to win the competition. Capello struggled to command respect from the players early in his tenure but since he has shaped a a squad that plays pretty well together. He has injected some youth into squad with the likes of Jack Wilshere and Kyle Walker, whose spots now are not necessarily guaranteed.
What's next? Harry Redknapp is the prime candidate to take over the gig, but prying him away from Tottenham who are challenging for a title, would be out of the question. Stuart Pearce takes over as a care taker manager for the time being, until a long term replacement can be found. The consistency to which England continuously complicate things prior to an International tournament is uncanny, and now until a solution is found journalist alike will be harping on this point. I will be anticipating the players reactions come their friendly with the Netherlands later this month.