Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Reaction: Fabio Capello Resigns

So Fabio Capello has resigned as England manager. Judging by the subdued reaction on twitter this was something that was always bound to happen, but for some this has been a surprising turn of events for a number of reasons.

It doesn't seem that the FA really cared whether Capello stayed or went.  They flagrantly undermined his authority during the Terry saga (even though it may have been for the right reasons) and have not really put out all the stops to ensure that the Italian was happy and fully aware of the reasons behind why and how they acted.  Here was Capello's reaction when speaking to the Italian press:

"They really insulted me and damaged my authority. What really hit me and forced me to take this decision was the fact the much-vaunted Anglo-Saxon sense of justice, as they are the first to claim that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. In Terry's case, they gravely offended me and damaged my authority at the head of the England side, effectively creating a problem for the squad. I have never tolerated certain crossing of lines, so it was easy for me to spot it and take my decision to leave."

The FA statement on his resignation called it the "right decision" - and for them to say that about a manager that they have paid 6 million a year in the hope that he would win something by 2012 is shocking.

Remember, we replaced Steve McClaren with Fabio Capello because the Italian has been a success everywhere he has been.  He may not make us play the prettiest football but he was one of the best managers out there at the time that we got him.  If a manager of his calibre cannot do something with the crop of players we have at our disposal, then that is a sorry indictment of the structure of English football and the blame lays at the door of the FA.

All eyes are naturally on Harry (sorry Spurs fans) and he is the logical choice for the job.  He can unite the team for this tournament and knows the English game in and out.  Plus he has one other major advantage on his side - the country seems fully united behind him already.  That was something Capello never really had.

Our best hope at the moment is that Spurs and the FA reach some form of agreement where he stays on at White Hart Lane until May whilst overseeing the direction of the England team.  With the FA, however, you can never be too sure what a next move will be.

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