Time to Step Down Fabio

With Capello, I am in two minds. On the one hand he has done England well and produced a flawless qualifying campaign, on the other, he left us to flop out of the world cup with our worst performance ever.

It leaves me wondering whether the qualifying was a fluke on his behalf, his reputation as an international manager shown by players that were still in premiership form, not yet tired from the season, and not roused by the Italian’s old-fashioned tactics. As, let’s be honest, if you can’t get the world-class players that England possess to perform then you are not up to your job as manager. He was left playing the same 4-4-2 formation throughout, as though he knew nothing else and didn’t want to know that Rooney could play on his own up front. Although in his current form Rooney did not deserve this amount of trust put in him to deliver the winner.

Which brings me on to the fact that it could have been the players fault, and instead of keeping on the man who deserved all the credit for actually scraping us through to the knockout stages we are prepared to scapegoat him and exile him from English football. Capello’s job with the FA looks like it might be over, and as his opportunity ends there will be a space for someone else to take the reins and try to end 48 years of hurt (by 2014 world cup in Brazil). Personally I like to think Harry Redknapp might step up to the plate, after doing wonders for every team that he has managed. But, as we all have come to know, managing international football is a world apart. I feel that the limits of Capello’s grasp of the English language hindered the complete comprehension from our players, something that would not be a challenge for Redknapp.

We can’t know what Capello will do in the future, we can only look back on the past. Before the world cup I believed he had done enough to keep the job for four more years. Now, I believe he has done enough to lose it and take responsibility for the team.


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  1. #1 by Tim on June 28, 2010 - 4:19 pm

    I think it’s a bit too easy to blame Capello, although he is by no means blameless in this debacle. But why does it always have to be the coach’s fault? First it was Keegan (okay, he WAS crap, then Sven, then Steve McClaren, now Capello. First Capello was brilliant because he knew his mind and brought much-needed discipline – now he is stubborn and a dictatorial killjoy. Which is it?

    I think the players must take some responsibility. They are (okay, were) the most highly-paid squad in South Africa, from the self-proclaimed best league in the world. Surely they can deal with a simple long ball over the middle?

    The other thing is that we’ve never really been as good as the pre-tournament hype suggests. As the analysis in the post below shows, we don’t always make the knockout stages, and when we do we lose twice as many games as we win. We claim to be a great side and genuine tournament contenders – in reality, we are a merely good side. It’s about time we lowered expectations a notch …


    • #2 by playercj54 on June 28, 2010 - 4:35 pm

      I completely agree with you. Unfortunately as football fans follow their emotions when it comes to following their team it means there is a lot of anger when we lose, or underperform, and as we always aim so high (because we invented the sport and because we have one of the best leagues in the world) we always underpeform. Going into the tournament the Times said we were third favourite behind Spain and Brazil to win, and I don’t see anything to resemble that, maybe if we go in as underdogs we will have the right mentality. Your right it is too easy to blame the manager, but that is part of the job. I’m just worried that if the right one comes along we will send him packing without ever really knowing.

  2. #3 by mkeup on June 28, 2010 - 4:56 pm

    Expectations of almost certain to end the news


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