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Fabio Capello resigns as England manager

Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:23 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2012 3:24 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

An already volatile situation with the England national team exploded Wednesday with the resignation of manager Fabio Capello barely five months before the country's opening match at Euro 2012.

According to a statement issued by the English FA, Capello met with top FA officials "for over an hour" Wednesday to discuss Capello's comments to an Italian TV station regarding the FA's decision to strip defender John Terry of his England captaincy. Terry is accused of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers player Anton Ferdinand in a 2011 Premier League match, with the case set to be heard by the English court system following Terry's appearance at Euro 2012. 

Capello (pictured departing FA headquarters Wednesday) told Italian TV he was "absolutely not in agreement" with the FA's decision and confirmed he had told FA chairman David Bernstein as much.

"It is going to be civil justice, not sports justice, to decide if John Terry committed that crime," Capello said.

The rift created between Capello and Bernstein could apparently not be smoothed over in the Wednesday meeting, and the two sides agreed to part ways.

“I would like to stress that during today’s meeting and throughout his time as England Manager, Fabio has conducted himself in an extremely professional manner," Bernstein said in the statement. "We have accepted Fabio’s resignation, agreeing this is the right decision. We would like to thank Fabio for his work with the England team and wish him every success in the future.”

Capello leaves England with a 28-6-8 record and comfortable qualifications for the two major finals during his tenure with the "Three Lions," World Cup 2010 and now Euro 2012, a not-insignificant achievement following the team's disastrous failure to qualify for Euro 2008. But Capello's tenure was also marked by a prickly relationship with the British press, the 2010 controversial stripping of Terry's captaincy (this time, on Capello's orders) for a tabloid scandal, and a  deeply disappointing showing at the World Cup featuring draws vs. the U.S. and Algeria before a 4-1 elimination defeat to Germany.

Many England fans will likely welcome a change if it means the hire of current Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, the consensus favorite for the post after being cleared of tax evasion charges earlier Wednesday. Redknapp's Spurs sit a surprising third in the Premier League standings and are known for their attractive, attacking style of play--a substantial shift from Capello's frequent tactical caution.

But even if Redknapp accepts an FA offer (which is not a given on either side), the bottom line for England is that with mere weeks to go before they board their flight for the Ukraine, the team has no manager, no captain, and no direction. If England are going to finally shed their long-held label of major tournament underachievers at the Euros, they're clearly going to have to do it the hard way.


Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 6:01 pm

Fabio Capello resigns as England manager

Capello is a good manager, and can be successful with the up-and-coming squads, but I don't think he's got the chops for a top-tier gig.

Really? Let's see his managerial record:

1991-1996 AC Milan
1996-1997 Real Madrid
1997-1998 AC Milan
1999-2004 Roma
2004-2006 Juventus
2006-2007 Real Madrid

AC Milan: 1991-1994, 1996 - Seria A Champions, in 1991 went the whole season without losing a game (in total close to 60 games without losing one)!! Champions League: 1993 lost in the final to Olympic Marseille; '94 won against Barca; '95 lost to Ajax in the final; Won Italian supercup '92-94.

Real Madrid: Won La Liga 1996, 2007 

Roma: 2001 won scudetto and Italian supercup (in '02 and '04 finished second)

Juventus: 2005, 2006 won scudetto

In his career managed greats such as van Basten, Gullit, Rijkaard, Savicevic, Boban, Desailly, Maldini, Baresi, Batistuta, Raul, Suker, Mijatovic, Roberto Carlos (to name a few) and managed to WIN everywhere. 

So How doesn't he have the chops for a "top-tier gig"?? 

Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:15 pm

Fabio Capello resigns as England manager

The FA have wanted rid of Capello since the loss to Germany in World Cup 2010. However, his $7.5m a year salary was a bit prohibitive and the length of contract.

At first glance this appears to be forcing Capello into an untenable position so he has to resign, in which case it worked.

As for the successor, the popular choice may well not be the best one. Granted, Redknapp has built a very good Spurs team but his managerial history, lengthy though it is, has one success to its name, an FA Cup.

I suspect that many English fans will just be happy with an English manager after Eriksson and Capello but Redknapp might well be a case of beware of what you want.

As usual England will probably go out in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012, it's what we do. 

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:21 pm

Fabio Capello resigns as England manager

I think this was probably a bit overdue on both sides.  Capello is a good manager, and can be successful with the up-and-coming squads, but I don't think he's got the chops for a top-tier gig.  As for England, I think Redknapp is the only logical way for them to go, as I don't feel they'll be able to get anyone else that will please the fans in the way Harry will.  I'm not saying he's going to be an instant success or even that he'll ever lead them to victory at a major tourney.  I do think he'll do a decent job though, and the England fans seem deadset on him being the hire, so really, it's a win-win for the FA.  If he fails, he'll at least set the team up with a more offensive style mindset for his successor, while appeasing the fans of the club.  If he succeeds, the "win" is obvious.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:40 pm

Fabio Capello resigns as England manager

Interesting, but they're better off without him.  I wonder who they replace him with.

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