Has Capello called it wrong again?
When the Football Association hired Fabio Capello on £6m a year back in 2008, they thought they were paying big money for a no-nonsense coach with top-class judgment.
But many will argue today that the Italian has called it wrong again by going public with his views on the FA board's decision to strip John Terry of the England captaincy.
Whatever the rights and wrongs of that decision - and many people applaud the FA for finally taking such a strong stance on this issue - Capello is paid a lot of money as English football's main figurehead. How would Capello the disciplinarian feel if one of his players went public with his views on a decision he had taken?
Fabio Capello (right) has criticised the Football Association's decision to remove John Terry (left) as England's national team captain. Photo: Getty
Was it a message tailored for Terry to ensure he didn't quit the team at a time when Capello is short of central defenders of his quality? Maybe. But it would seem a very risky strategy to keep one player happy at the possible expense of so many others.
With Wayne Rooney's suspension for two group matches, England's build-up to Euro 2012 already had its problems. Capello has guaranteed that the next few months will be even more testing. That's because whoever he now chooses as captain will know he was not his first choice.
Whatever tensions may have existed inside the camp over the Terry affair will now be even more exposed - especially if, as looks likely, Capello is determined to pick him as a member of the squad for Poland and Ukraine.
Capello arrived in this country bemused with the symbolism attached to the captain's armband. He was a late convert to the importance of the position. Given how much aggravation it has caused him he must wish he had ignored those who told him he had to pick a permanent leader.
So where does this leave Capello and his relationship with the FA? Although there was no face to face meeting between FA chairman David Bernstein and Capello at Wembley today, the pair are likely to talk in person later in the week. But sources dismiss the idea of a showdown meeting so don't expect anything too dramatic to come out of that.
Bernstein has shown steel in forcing the issue on Terry, knowing how untenable it was to have him leading the team with criminal charges of a racial nature hanging over him. He and his board members are unlikely to change their minds now.
Equally, Bernstein and the board knew that Capello probably wouldn't take kindly to being told who he can or can't pick as his team captain. But while Capello is paid an enormous sum of money to run the team, Bernstein and the board are paid to see the bigger picture.
On this one, Capello cannot see how damaging it would have been for the FA and the England team to allow Terry to remain as captain until his trial on 9 July - a week after Euro 2012 ends.
Some have claimed Capello might be in breach of contract by now criticising that decision. There may well be a technical breach but there appears to be no appetite from the FA to force him out over this matter even though some at Wembley might like to see him leave before his contract expires in July.
The time for change was in the immediate aftermath of the 2010 World Cup - and the FA decided the cost was simply too great.
For Capello's part, he has let it be known that he has no desire to quit over the issue and risk losing the money due to him for the remainder of his contract.
And so after 24 hours of frenzied headlines we are exactly where we were, with Capello and the FA locked in a loveless marriage of convenience which is now even more likely to end in failure.