It has been announced this evening that Fabio Capello has resigned as England manager after showdown talks with FA chairman David Bernstein. The row over the captaincy being taken away from John Terry and the comments made afterwards by Capello, appear to have been the final straw for both parties.
A statement from the FA read: “The Football Association can confirm that Fabio Capello has today resigned as England Manager.
“This follows a meeting involving FA Chairman David Bernstein, FA General Secretary Alex Horne and Fabio Capello at Wembley Stadium.
“The discussions focused on The FA Board’s decision to remove the England team captaincy from John Terry, and Fabio Capello’s response through an Italian broadcast interview.
“In a meeting for over an hour, Fabio’s resignation was accepted and he will leave the post of England Manager with immediate effect.
“David Bernstein said: “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.
“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.”
What now for the England team? My personal feeling is that this is the right move, as Capello didn’t deserve to be in a job after the dismal performance at the World Cup in 2010. Stuart Pearce will be taking over for the interim, but surely longer term Harry Redknapp will be the number 1 target.
Redknapp is clearly the best man for the job, his player management and motivational style could be just the tonic that the England players need during a major tournament. With the success that Tottenham have had this season, they certainly aren’t going to let him go without a fight. Could he manage the side part time for the Euro’s? Would be a good temporary solution, and give the FA time to asses things without making a rash decision.
At least it’s never dull in this country, watch this space.