No farewell party for Capello

February 9, 2012

So Fabio Capello has gone. Apart from tweets from a couple of England footballers thanking Capello for giving them their first cap, the mood within the country is one of… about time Fabio!

Capello has lived within his cosy £6 million a year deal at the FA for nearly 4 years now, and yet he speaks worse English then the majority of Italians living in Italy, who have never landed on our shores. Any manager, of any job, in any profession, must have better than adequate communication skills in order to succeed. I would have liked to be a fly on the wall during Capello’s half-time team talks when trying to change something tactically.

Capello’s final nail came over the captaincy of the team. The captaincy issue was something that Capello could not shrug off throughout his time in charge. First of all he took an age to pick Terry as captain, then he sacked him for Ferdinand, then he reappointed Terry, but forgot to tell Ferdinand, and then Terry was sacked by the FA, and so followed Capello’s departure.

So we’ve worked out that Capello wasn’t popular off the field, but what sort of football did England play under him. His biggest of fans would suggest he secured two comfortable passages through to major tournaments, but got it slightly wrong at the World Cup in South Africa. The reality was that we had two of the easiest groups drawn by Uefa of all time, and even Scotland would have qualified. As for the performance in the World Cup, it was a disgrace. At least he didn’t use some money grabbing index that rated his players against each other, called the Capello Index.

It’s time for a change, and it looks as though after escaping from court, Harry is the man to take over. Redknapp has taken Spurs towards the top of the Premier League with a brand of football that is easy on the eye. Harry is everyone’s favourite, and there isn’t another English manager that fits the bill currently. Despite a few one-eyed Spurs fans calling for loyalty, Redknapp is the right man to take on this role, now that he and his dog have been cleared in court. In my opinion, wherever possible, an England coach should take the reins of our national sides, if there is a suitable candidate.


Andy Flower is a Zimbabwean, but I couldn’t be happier with him leading our cricket team. Flower has breathed fresh air into English cricket, and has embraced the English culture. Unless you listen closely to his accent or study his passport you wouldn’t regard Flower as foreign in our set up.  He is passionate about leading England and is respected by the players. When England lose we don’t see Flower come out with excuses. He takes account for defeats and takes them on the chin. England will continue to move forward under Flower despite our latest setback in the UAE.

Chris Murtagh 09/02/2012

3 Comments to “No farewell party for Capello”

  1. Julie
    February 9th, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

    Agree with Chris- its time to move on. Also Flower is a class act!

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  2. Donny S
    February 9th, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

    Leave capello alone.

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  3. Donald
    February 9th, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

    Cant agree with Donny S. Capello didn’t even learn the language in nearly 4 years

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