The next chapter in the drama surrounding the England football team has taken a turn for the worst. Yesterday England manager Fabio Capello quit his role as England manager after being in the top spot for four years. The news came eight hours after Harry Redknapp was cleared of all tax evasion charges, he has been the man tipped to take over the role in the run-up to Euro 2012.
No stable manager or captain
The days preceding Capellos’ decision saw John Terry stripped of his title captaincy for the second time. Firstly due to events in his private life and most recently for allegations of racism. This leaves England without a stable manager or captain four months before a high profile European championship.
Harry Redknapp, who currently manages Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur has been fighting his own battle surrounding his personal finances. However, on Wednesday Redknapp was cleared by a jury of all charges. This puts him at the top of the list to take control of the national side, a move favoured by current England players Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand.
Fabio Capello has an outstanding record in club football which he wasn’t able to bring into the international football for England. He left his multi-million pound job on the grounds that he was publicly undermined by the English Football Association’s (FA) decision to fire John Terry against his decision. Capello had sensationally quit after a hour long meeting with FA officials.
FA Chairman David Bernstein commented on Italians resignation saying that they accept his decision, and he went on to thank him for his work with the England team. While the decision to replace him will not be made quickly, it seems likely that there is a shift in mentality as English is being preferred over foreign for the role.
Taking pressure of players
Rooney had sent a message on a popular social media website shortly after the news was made public, thanking the Italian and saying that he also favoured the Redknapp for the job. Rooney is not alone, with Gary Lineker and current Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill revealing that they feel that the Englishman should be given the position.
With Euro 2012 only months away, the chaos around the England team will not help preparations. But looking at this from another angle, it might take the pressure off the players who have underperformed at all the recent major competitions despite having top class players all playing in the same team at the same time.