So Fabio Capello has finally gone the whole hog and packed in the England game. It’s a mutli-faceted tale involving some of England’s most loathed ingredients (the press, John Terry) and football. But let’s not get bogged down in details, let’s look at a picture I knocked up on Paint.
Has the FA made a mistake? Has Capello made (multiple) mistakes? Has the… public made mistakes? Wait no, that last one is unthinkable. But none of this matters, what matters now is getting a replacement before Polkraine catches England with its pants down. So let’s have gander at the men hurriedly polishing their CV’s as we speak.
Why not? I know that question is usually a bad sign when introducing an idea but really. Sven knows a few of the players which reduces the blending time that we don’t have, and has plenty of international management experience from Mexico and the Ivory Coast. He wasn’t the most attacking manager but England did reasonably well under him: Quarter finals in the 2002 World Cup, 2004 Euros, and 2006 World Cup.
He moved England up twelve places in the FIFA World Rankings during his tenure, finished top of qualifying in each group (including the 1-5 Munich game), and only ever lost three competition games. England would be fine as long as we didn’t somehow meet Felipe Scolari.
Plus some of the lads could do with a bit of competition for the ladies.
The first thing I heard from Martin O’Neill after the Middlesbrough Sunderland cup game was that ‘Arry ‘deserved’ the job. This seems to be the general consensus from every sports journalist right now.
There’s no doubt that the Artful Tax-Dodger has made Tottenham a force to be reckoned with and has them playing some of the best football in England at times but could he do it on an international level? No doubt he would love to have his hands on the likes of Walcott and Gerrard, but would his fairly unplanned and sometimes gung-ho style work with the English game?
I guess the problem is that these questions can’t be answered without trying him out. This is of course, if he would be willing to leave Tottenham Hotspurs. It took long enough to get him out of court! Plus he has a major crush on the Champions League which looks like being a date come the end of the season.
I’m sure he is enjoying his time there and becoming a title contender (nearly), but maybe £7.1 million-a-year paychecks would persuade him.
Firstly, as a coach under Capello, he posses excellent knowledge of the players, situation, and job. Secondly he has been the England U21 manager for five years with impressive results: 3rd place in the 2007 Championship and 2nd in the 2009 Championship. He is English, he was a distinguished player, he would be respected by the players, he would give honest accounts of situations, he even signed my England shirt.
He’s a manager who would be as patriotic as the fans behind him.
Of course he would have to leave the two jobs he currently has, but is essentially an English management under-graduate who just needs some faith. We’ll see how he fares against the Netherlands at the end of the month, I’ll be whole-heartedly backing him.
So how do these candidates stack up against Capello? I’ll leave you now with some statistical food for thought in the form of a hard to translate and misleading table.
|Manager||Games Played||Win Percentage|
|Fabio Capello with England||42||66.67%|
|Sven-Goran Eriksson with England||67||59.70%|
|Stuart Pearce with England U21||41||56.10%|
|Harry Redknapp with Tottenham||180||50.56%|