Good morning to each and every one of you!
This morning’s title says it all really, it doesn’t take a genius to work out the topic behind this article; Fabio Capello has resigned as England Manager, just days after the FA demoted John Terry as captain, as we discussed yesterday. The FA took that decision without Fabio Capello and as I thought, it’s pushed Capello over the edge, once the FA get involved, making decisions that should be left to Fabio Capello and Franco Baldini, then you know that there is no real harmony between Capello and David Bernstein.
I said that the FA were wrong in stripping John Terry of his captaincy before his trial, Terry, like every other man on this planet, deserves a fair trial, regardless of what public opinion of him is. For the FA to demote Terry as Captain of England, states, very boldly, that John Terry is a racist and should be found guilty of charges against him, which isn’t a ‘fair’ trial. Instead, the FA should have waited until after a verdict was delivered on Terry and then stripped him of his armband, guilty or not guilty.
As decisions go, I do believe than taking the captaincy away from John Terry was correct, you know, the initial idea of it, but it should have been done after the trial, regardless of the verdict. That may seem a strange admission for me to make having said that Terry should keep it during the trial because every man deserves a fair trial, surely if he’s found not guilty, then Terry deserves to maintain his position? No, is my answer. Aside from playing duties, an England captain will appear on posters, represent our country at charity events etc. How could John Terry’s face, a branded racist, be allowed on a poster, advertising England football shirts or Umbro football boots in Johannesburg in South Africa? It doesn’t feel right at all, does it? In another instance, what of all the young children sporting England shirts, pretending to be John Terry? Again, it’s not right. Even if found not guilty, John Terry is now associated with something ugly, the most grotesque insult one man can throw another and I, now anybody else, want that associated with the England Captain’s armband.
Whilst I agree with removing Terry as Captain, it should have been under Capello’s say-so, not on David Bernstein’s whim and certainly should not have been done before the trial. That’s not civil, it’s more or less the FA acting the role of a lynch mob, publically burning Terry as he awaits trial.
All of this has resulted in Fabio Capello resigning as England Manager, a devastating blow just months before we head off for Euro 2012. Remarkably, some people have said good riddance to Capello, purely for the disastrous FIFA World Cup 2010 campaign, where Capello was humiliated by Joachin Low’s young Germany side, as England were sent crashing out of South Africa in Round Two, having managed draws against USA and Algeria and a scrappy victory over Slovenia.
For me, Capello was always going to be hung out to dry for that tournament. Our players were far from good enough, all of them crippled by the years of pressure piled upon them by us, damaged mentally by 46 years of excruciating pain. Capello knew we had a good bunch of young players coming through, but they were all far too raw, not quite ready to feature in an England squad, let alone front a new era.
Under Capello, we’ve experienced a transition period, notorious for not bearing fruit. Since that ill-fated campaign in South Africa, the amount of young players Capello has introduced is commendable. Kyle Walker, Gary Cahill, Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderson, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge, amongst a host of others, are all players that Capello has promoted to his squad, each and every one of them gifted, capable of leading England into a new era. Beyond those players listed, there are still the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain coming through, a truely special talent who has kept established internationals out of the Arsenal team in Andrey Arshavin and Yossi Benayoun, who also happen to be captain’s of their respective countries.
We have a great amount of talent coming through and Capello has done well to recognise that in his squad selection. With the new England currently being built, Capello has triumphed over Spain, maybe the best national team we’ve seen to date, hardly a bad achievement, is it? Capello’s work over the past year cannot go to waste, we have to keep promoting young players to the England squad with a view to selecting the best come the day we need to decide who to take to Poland and Ukraine.
Unfortunately for us, any new manager, even the much celebrated Harry Redknapp, will take time to stamp his own style on a team used to playing more ‘Italian’ under the now-previous regime. With just a handful of friendlies between now and Euro 2012, there is no time for a new manager to train an ever-changing England squad to their liking, it’s just not possible. Some say that a new Manager can bring in new momentum, which is true if applied at club level where a new Manager has hours and hours to train with his new squad, it’s not the same at national level where a Manager gets to see his players once every few months.
Out of the FA’s haste and foolishness, we now go into Euro 2012 still to decide a Manager, unaware of this new Manager is going to want us to play, which is not an ideal situation to be in. For me, this competition is now dead in the water until the new Manager cam stamp their authority on his team, which should bode well for World Cup 2014, but an impatient English public want success now, not in two years time, such is the audacity of our thinking. With taken into consideration, a new Manager could well be destroyed at the latest tournament as their best efforts are masked by a squad incapable of playing together yet.
It was vital we entered Euro 2012 with the same Manager we earned qualification with and we now don’t have that pleasure.
As for new Managers, well the popular name is Harry Redknapp, which although I don’t like it, I will admit that Redknapp is the best of a poor bunch of English Managers. Redknapp has won an FA Cup with Portsmouth and an Intertoto Cup with West Ham in 1999, hardly prolific, is it? Capello on the other hand, has won eleven Serie A trophies, one UEFA Champions League trophy, two La Liga titles and countless Italian versions of our FA Cup, a fantastic record, and we think Harry Redknapp is the answer? Don’t be so foolish, he’s just the best of a bad bunch. It’s like asking who is the best actor out of Hollyoaks, you don’t need to be great at acting on that show to emerge the best.
Personally, I have no idea who will take charge as Manager of England, though I will say I hope our new Manager is English, for the simple reason there is more empathy between two English people, rather than an Englishman and an Italian or Swede. We’re quite closed as a nation when it comes to foreigners, so it was always difficult for Capello and Eriksson to win the public over, an Englishman would be better placed to win over the public, hopefully putting an end to the shameful booing of players in our national stadium.
That’s all from me today.