Fabio Capello has resigned as England manager. The fallout from The FA’s decision to remove John Terry’s England captaincy must certainly have been a key issue in the decision by the Italian to resign.
The decision by Capello to resign was given after his meeting with The FA. 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.
David Bernstein said: “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.”
Capello is quoted in the Italian media as saying:
“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.”
A media conference with David Bernstein and the Club England Management team will take place at Wembley on Thursday at 12 noon.
The timing of the decision comes on the same day that Harry Redknapp was cleared of tax evasion charges. Surely, Redknapp will be approached regarding the immediate opening and will be strongly favored as the frontrunner to take the job. If Redknapp takes the England job, you have to wonder if Capello will take over Redknapp’s role at Tottenham Hotspur.
What’s your reaction to the decision? Do you think England will be better off without Capello? And do you think Redknapp should become the next manager? If not, who?