Anorak | Why Capello really quit England: he mastered English better than Redknapp

Why Capello really quit England: he mastered English better than Redknapp

by | 9th, February 2012

AS Fabio Capello “flees” England (Daily Star), the media goes into overdrive. Will Spurs manager Harry Redknapp now get the nod? Was Capello just warming the bench until Redknapp’s tax evasion trial ended? Was Capello undone because he canna speaka da Ingleeesh so good? Will he be replaced by Harry Redknapp, a man who told a court he he had the writing ability of a two-year-old (a face not recorded in the Sun the paper for which Redknapp writes a column). Is Harry Redknapp the master of the English language we crave?

The FA’s decision to go over Capello’s head and strip Terry of the captaincy until after his July court case, where he will deny racially abusing Ferdinand, the Queens Park Rangers defender, led to the Italian quitting his £6m-a-year post.

Now read on…

The FA statement in full:

“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.”

And Capello? FA chairman David Bernstein says:

“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.”

The odds:

Harry Redknapp 1/4
Stuart Pearce 9/2
Alan Pardew 16-1
José Mourinho 16-1
Roy Hodgson 16-1

What? No Terry Venables?

What Capello said in Italy :

“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.”


Paul Hayward (Telegraph): “In press conferences Capello was curt, high-handed and sometimes incoherent. His English never advanced beyond first base. All this would have been ignorable had England not embarrassed themselves in South Africa.Rob Green’s goalkeeping howler against the United States in the opening match brought the old fatalism crashing across the camp. Capello took injured players to Africa’s first World Cup and paid the price. He was unable to solve Wayne Rooney’s ennui and imposed an absurdly austere regime on the players in a remote outpost. In the 0-0 draw with Algeria in Cape Town, England were so bad that John Terry suggested a few beers afterwards so the players could discuss what was going wrong.”

England for the Ingerlieeeesh :

Gary Lineker: “As you ask, I think new man should be English. Players have to be, so should boss. HR the man if he wants it. He can do both jobs til May.”

Barry Fry: “We want an Englishman in charge of England. With passion, not like foreigners who don’t care.”

Wayne Rooney: “Got to be English to replace him. Harry Redknapp for me.”

Richard Williams (Guardian): “For all his promises to learn English, Capello failed to master enough of the language to express himself in anything but the simplest terms, or to participate in debates without leaving scope for misinterpretation. Other foreign managers working in England Anglophiles like Gerard Houllier and fluent linguists like Arsène Wenger and José Mourinho avoided such problems.”

Kevin McCarra (Guardian): “Capello could never regain all of his old authority after the debacle of the 2010 World Cup. In the last-16 tie a Germany lineup seething with promise routed England 4-1 in Bloemfontein. There may have been no shame in that but England could well have been demoralised by the fashion in which they had landed themselves in such difficulties.”

For Harry, By George!

Martin Samuel (Mail): “It was Capello’s call. He decided it would be best if he picked the England team, not Sir Dave Richards, David Gill or Heather Rabbatts, and then he was gone. That is four years down the drain.  Four years in which the FA tried to buy the World Cup, failed dismally and were left looking ridiculous, now high and dry, without a manager.  There will be few tears shed for Capello, often regarded as unengaged with English football, and damaged after the poor 2010 World Cup campaign. Tears will be shed, however, if the obvious candidate for the job Harry Redknapp takes one look at the wreckage along Wembley Way and runs a mile….Englishmen, the FA seem to think, are ten a penny. Redknapp does not wish any stirrings of patriotism to be used against him in negotiations. He would want the job on his terms, including the same freedom to choose backroom staff that Capello enjoyed. The prospect of being a stooge, weak and grateful to be England manager, holds no appeal.”

Mark Lawrenson (Mirror):  “Harry Redknapp can do the England job

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