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Capello quits as England boss


So Fabio Capello has resigned as England manager in a move that might turn out to be the best solution to a sorry saga over (former) captain John Terry.

Fabio. He came, he saw, he....

Many of the main football writers will be happy. Around 50 per cent or more of the fans will be pleased. The Italian divided fans and pundits alike, and presided over an awful World Cup campaign meaning his job was always under threat.

However this may be perfect timing for both Capello and the England team.

The Italian knew he was presiding over a dressing room with serious fractures. Terry and Ferdinand, when fit, are first-choice defenders. One won’t shake the others hand. And he’s not even the difficult one.

Players are either missing through injury (Wilshere) or failing to find form (Gerrard, Lampard, Downing, Carroll, Bent, Defoe etc).

His stance is potentially the admirable and correct one. The FA implied guilt on Terry’s part, and cast aspersions on his character by fretting over the case hanging over him and the implications of him leading a team who may not want to follow him.

Capello: 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.

Will they want to even play with him? Terry shouldn’t have been reinstated in the first place after being stripped of the role first time around. But to keep him in the squad, under a different captain, with a squad that may have helped instigate it, will lead to its own problems.

The silver lining being that a new manager will focus the players to work on getting selected for the squad, rather than picking sides within it.

The FA released this statement:

“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.”

Capello was quoted as saying on Italpress:

They really insulted me and damaged my authority.

“In Terry’s case, they gravely offended me and damaged my authority at the head of the England side.

“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.”

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