Fabio Capello Resigns As England Skipper

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.


39 responses to this post.

  1. Some bombastic quotes from Capello on the manager.

    “They really insulted me and damaged my authority. What really hit me and forced me to take this decision was the fact the much-vaunted Anglo-Saxon sense of justice, as they are the first to claim that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. In Terry’s case, they gravely offended me and damaged my authority at the head of the England side, effectively creating a problem for the squad. I have never tolerated certain crossing of lines, so it was easy for me to spot it and take my decision to leave.”


  2. Posted by Toon Fan on 2012/02/08 at 2:00 PM

    They better stay the hell away from my Pardew and his glimmering smile!


  3. Posted by matthewsf on 2012/02/08 at 2:06 PM

    Wow.. Just wow.


  4. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/02/08 at 2:10 PM

    Not the first Italian to jump ship…

    Would like to see Terry Venables and Don Howe involved somehow.

    Redknapp to take over in May? Stranger things have happened.


  5. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/02/08 at 2:13 PM

    Matt, I agree 100% re. your power play / compensation theory.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2012/02/08 at 2:49 PM

      Blatantly obvious….as it was with scheduling a Spain friendly before the Gold Cup on this side of the pond.


  6. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/02/08 at 2:17 PM

    Whatever happens, I would really like to see some continuity within the footballing management structure within Team England. Maybe this summer is too soon, but if this doesn’t happen in time, what’s the point of St. George’s Park in Burton?


  7. Posted by dth on 2012/02/08 at 2:49 PM

    Mourinho is the only choice. (assuming the I WANT OUT of Madrid rumors are true.) All these English guys will get eaten alive, either tactically or by the media or both.


    • Posted by Bode on 2012/02/08 at 2:58 PM

      I’d take Rafa Benitez over any of the managers linked (bar, perhaps, Mourinho). He’s living in England, speaks the language, and has an excellent record in cup competitions.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/02/08 at 2:58 PM

      A mate of mine back home has said that Rafa Benitez’s name is being thrown around. Jose Mourinho would be great – he loves England, England love him – but will it happen?

      They will both make England hard to beat if nothing else.


      • Posted by mbw on 2012/02/08 at 3:24 PM

        How strong, do you think, is public/player/press/FA support for the idea that the next manager should be English? For the past six months, we’ve seen one English football personality after another say as much.


        • Posted by Martin on 2012/02/08 at 4:08 PM

          Redknapp is the obvious choice but he’d be crazy to leave Spurs right now.

          I would hire David Platt but Benitez or Mourinho would be safer bets, though I suspect neither one would want the job long term, probably just for the Euros.


      • Posted by dth on 2012/02/08 at 4:49 PM

        Benitez is pretty good tactically, but the media would kill him. Could do worse, though. If the FA appoint Stuart Pearce I’ll die of laughter.


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/02/08 at 5:09 PM

          I think Stuart Pearce and David Platt would be good assistants, but nothing more – not right now. They just don’t have the experience of being a No.1, at the highest level or in a pressure environment.

          I do like the idea of young English managers being involved and learning though such as the two mentioned above, Ince, Bould and Southgate, Powell or Robinson.
          St George’s Park cannot come quick enough for English football. It’s a sad state of affairs when there aren’t many realistic home grown managers for the England job.


          • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/02/08 at 5:24 PM

            Although, I wouldn’t be surprised if the FA already have their man. Hence the political manoeuvring to remove Capello.


          • Posted by Bode on 2012/02/08 at 5:45 PM

            Perhaps Brendan Rogers from Swansea?


          • Posted by Martin on 2012/02/08 at 8:00 PM

            I pushed for Platt but the best manager might actually be David Moyes.

            But he’d probably rather die. No self respecting Scot would ever take that job.


            • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/02/08 at 9:02 PM

              We all know Scotland is basically an English county or a ‘shire’ if you like…

            • Posted by dth on 2012/02/08 at 9:42 PM

              Alex Salmond has a team of TRAINED SCOTTISH KILLERS after you, GeorgeCross.

      • Posted by Crow on 2012/02/09 at 7:11 AM

        I’m very surprised to see you’d be happy to see Mourinho. You’ve always said in the past that the only reason he’s had success is because he is able to buy the players he wants.


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/02/09 at 7:37 AM

          That is true. But it is not as if England do not have talented players; maybe not as many as Spain and Germany. But we’re no Scotland or Wales either. He is pragmatic, and like I said, he will make us difficult to beat, although the football might not be pretty.


          • Posted by Martin on 2012/02/11 at 10:15 PM

            England have enough talent to be a threat at the Euros but Redknapp may be the only Englishman ( Hiddink and Mourinho could do it too) who can get them to perform to the level of their talent (or above).

            There are better tacticians than Harry but he might be the first English manager since Sir Bobby Robson who might be able to get these perennial overrated prima donnas laboring under the crushing burden of the unbelievably delusional expectations of English fans to actually perform.


  8. Posted by Union on 2012/02/08 at 6:30 PM

    Off-topic on England’s team, but on-topic for our team, Gyau got his first minutes on the field w/ Hoffenheim’s senior team today. Great to hear, despite the fact that Hoffenheim is a mess.

    And more importantly, IMO, Alfredo Morales showed well for Hertha-Berlin, against Borussia Mönchengladbach. He started at RB and while he doesn’t have the speed of Chandler, he has terrific skill on the ball. I’d love to see him take the place of ‘Dolo, and think that is easily where he could end up.


  9. Posted by dth on 2012/02/09 at 12:13 PM

    What are odds of the classic “interim coach bounce”? That is, Stuart Pearce leads England to a blood-n-guts victory over Holland…and a duped FA gives him a contract?


  10. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/02/09 at 1:09 PM

    England manager-to-be Harry Redknapp has announced that he thinks he can handle the Euros – as long as they’re unmarked and untraceable”


  11. Posted by dmn on 2012/02/11 at 4:07 PM

    Klinsmann to Tottenham rumor?


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/02/11 at 7:35 PM

      I see this rumour in The Mirror.


    • Posted by Martin on 2012/02/11 at 10:02 PM

      Unlikely. Much as he loves Spurs the US job gives JK a chance to have a much larger impact with a lot less pressure.

      The man Spurs need to target is Moyes. He would do a better job for Spurs than JK and then he could afford Landon.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/02/12 at 10:42 AM

        Landon Donovan would be an automatic first choice / not get in the Spurs 1st XI.


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/02/12 at 10:47 AM

          *wouldn’t* be an automatic first choice.


        • Posted by Martin on 2012/02/12 at 1:02 PM

          Maybe, maybe not.

          We don’t know what Spurs’ first eleven or the rest of the squad will look like after Redknapp leaves. If Moyes comes in things will change. .

          One thing is for sure, if Moyes leaves Everton then LD’s dream club, a manager who rates him and has a role for him, players who support him and seem to like him and a fan base who seem to love him, disappears and perhaps takes with it any chance of LD ever playing in the EPL again.


          • Posted by dmn on 2012/02/13 at 6:07 PM

            Rumor refuted by Klinsmann per Fox, Daily Mail, and other media outlets at this time. I reckon we’ll see how things shake out in the near future.

            On JK. It’s comforting to know our USMNT manager is coveted by an upper table EPL club (even in tabloid rumor).

            On LD. If Moyes departs Everton, LD has more than proven his worth in EPL (given his loan to productivity ratio)<–Okay, I don't have stats and am going on recency bias but I'm cool with it. All things equal, perhaps a better question is whether or not LD receives Champions League consideration (simlar to Dempsey)?


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