Wasn’t it always going to end this way? Ironically.
With Fabio Capello’s rumored brush-up with John Terry–again John Terry!–at World Cup 2010 in mind here at TSG, Capello resigned his England post today, taking umbrage with the English FA for usurping his power and “de-captaining” John Terry last week.
It seems an easy out for all parties.
England (players, fans, the FA) was never quite comfortable with Capello calling the shots and Capello was never quite comfortable with challenging the players and the FA.
By “forcing” a resignation through a power play move like this, the FA has Capello resign (they probably lose less money in severance that way) and they use the move as both galvanizing and level setting for Euros 2012.
Now the question is, who takes over?
TSG back Gareth Southgate as a dark horse candidate.
Other candidates mentioned: Alan Pardew (the flavor du jour, but for good reason), Stuart Pearce (obviously), ‘Arry Rednapp (don’t see it) among others.
Jose Mourinho? Not happening.