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Phil McNulty | 21:36 UK time, Wednesday, 8 February 2012

As Fabio Capello clears his desk at Wembley, the Italian's successor as England coach will discover that he has left a congested in-tray behind him.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is at the front of a short queue of contenders to replace Capello following his resignation at the conclusion of a chain of events that moved rapidly after the Football Association board stripped John Terry of the captaincy.

And when the FA's new man is appointed, there will be no time for gentle introductions or a period of acclimatisation with England preparing for Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine in June and matters of pressing urgency to be resolved.

Fabio Capello addresses his England squad

Capello will be remembered for overseeing a poor World Cup in 2010 (Picture: Getty Images)

The FA may be able to muddle through the friendly against the Netherlands at Wembley later this month, but the clock will then start ticking towards that showpiece and the business of putting England in shape to make an impact.

Redknapp is undoubtedly the stand-out candidate. Experienced, popular, with a proven ability to handle big players and personalities plus a knack for fashioning attractive teams ensures important boxes are ticked.

And - crucially in the eyes of many passing judgement on who should be England's next manager - he is English.

Whoever finally settles at Capello's old desk, he must resolve a series of key items on his immediate agenda well before the summer.

Item one will be the appointment of a new captain after Terry's removal ended with Capello sacrificing himself, albeit near the end of a £6m-a-year contract, on the altar of principle as he felt a line of demarcation had been crucially crossed by the FA board, led by chairman David Bernstein.

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard remains the prime candidate to replace Terry, although there is a strong lobby for a fresh face such as Tottenham's Scott Parker, who has been getting glowing references about personality and performances on an almost weekly basis from Redknapp this season.

He must then tackle the particularly thorny issue of whether to include Terry, whose identification with Capello will grow even stronger after his resignation on a policy matter surrounding the Chelsea defender, in his squad for Euro 2012.

Terry has privately indicated a willingness to continue his England career and can still be a formidable figure, although it remains to be seen whether Capello's departure changes that stance. Will his very presence at Euro 2012 provide an unwanted distraction in the light of this disruptive saga that led to England losing their coach?

He must also weigh up what part, if any, Rio Ferdinand will play as his form and fitness falters. Ferdinand is another who has insisted he wants to extend his international career but the new man must judge whether he can afford to take the United defender and Terry to the tournament.

Many sub-plots exist between the pair as two former captains, plus the involvement of Ferdinand's brother Anton in the charges of racial abuse brought against Terry, which he denies.

The new manager must also devise England's plan to cover for the loss of their finest player Wayne Rooney, who will be serving a two-match suspension at the start of Euro 2012. How successfully this dilemma is solved could even end up shaping their chances at the showpiece.

If Redknapp is appointed, then players such as Parker will feel secure in the knowledge they have a high approval rating with the manager. He could also look to Spurs stars such as Kyle Walker and Michael Dawson as the answers to selection questions at right-back and central defence.

Spurs winger Aaron Lennon has never fulfilled his potential with England but may be another winner should Redknapp take the job many now feel is his to turn down.

In among the turmoil and turbulence caused by Capello's resignation, there was
another sense emerging from Wembley on Wednesday evening - one that this crisis could yet be transformed into an opportunity to give England a fresh start, albeit a fast one, ahead of Euro 2012.

Capello's existence as England coach appeared to be a joyless one for much of his final months, despite his public enthusiasm for the emergence of young talent such as Manchester United's Phil Jones and Danny Welbeck, Everton midfield man Jack Rodwell and Walker.

And a phrase applied many times to the relationship between Capello and the FA was "a loveless marriage" - one they were locked into by his lucrative contract since the dismal failure in the South Africa World Cup in 2010.

It is perhaps symptomatic of the condition of the relationship between the FA and Capello that a failure to resolve their differences over a matter such as taking the captaincy off Terry was the breaking point that led to departure.

With Capello gone, the timing is perfect for England to benefit from the impetus that almost inevitably follows a new appointment and the arrival of fresh ideas and a different voice ahead of this summer.

Redknapp is regarded by so many respected voices as the identikit of the manager required by England and his personable nature may engage more with the country's footballing public than Capello, whose use of English was still scratchy despite being in the job since December 2007.

There may be other names in the frame, with those getting a mention including West Bromwich Albion's Roy Hodgson, Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill and even Guus Hiddink, but all roads appeared to lead to Redknapp on Wednesday after he was cleared of tax evasion just hours before the FA's dramatic announcement that their manager had walked.

Some regard the job as manager of England as a poisoned chalice, even an empty one, but it remains one of the most coveted and prestigious posts in world football.
Whoever does receive the FA's seal of approval in the coming weeks will walk into Wembley and instantly find plenty to occupy their mind.


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  • Comment number 1.

    The English FA have shot themselves in the foot.

  • Comment number 2.

    Guus Hiddink would be the ideal choice.

    He has a strong track record of getting the best out of very mediocre players.

    He'd fit England to a tee, in that regard.

  • Comment number 3.

    Surprised he's chosen to go now, just a few months before the euros. Thought that, as David bond put it, Capello and the FA might be able to make an uneasy truce, at least for the time being. But you can't blame Capello. His authority was unquestionably undermined and how could he continue and make plans when he knew important decisions could be taken out of his hands at any point.

    Like most, I would love to see 'arry get the job, but now the timing is awkward. He couldn't balance managing England and tottenham simultaneously and do either job justice and I can't see him leaving tottenham at least until the end of the season. But I touted Hiddink from the start, if we were to get a foreign manager. Great international record and experience both in the English and European club leagues. And he knows JT well, socould manage his situation better than most.

    Will I be first...

  • Comment number 4.

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  • Comment number 5.

    The FA have once again messed up when are they going to learn?

  • Comment number 6.

    I don't think it is the ideal time for us to have a new coach and I am slightly disappointed that Capello has gone. I wanted to see whether he was going to blood the youngsters into tournament football or continue with the old guard.

    I think Harry should be the next England manager, but will the FA allow him to share responsibilities with Spurs, and can he do both jobs concurrently?

    I would imagine that Stuart Pearce will take over the squad for the friendly but do we really want an inexperienced manager to take us in to the Euro's?

    But no matter what happens...please do not let it be Hodgson. What a disaster that would be!

  • Comment number 7.

    Harry cant take the job yet as he would lose his cut on the Bale transfer at the end of the season :)

  • Comment number 8.

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  • Comment number 9.

    What a dream come true this blog is for The_soul_patch_of_David_Villa. Congrats mate.

  • Comment number 10.

    All this rubbish - just because of John Terry?

  • Comment number 11.

    At 22:19 8th Feb 2012, The_soul_patch_of_David_Villa wrote:

    Guus Hiddink would be the ideal choice.


    Oh behave !
    Hiddink is to streetwise to handle a hot potato.
    The job is a poison chalice with the JT situation, let Stuart Pearce take it until the Euro´s have finished

  • Comment number 12.

    I for one am glad he has gone. He lost my backing the day he gave the armband back to Terry. And i state for the record now, that i will not support England at the European Championships if Terry is anywhere near the squad.

    viva espana!

  • Comment number 13.

    I love how Redknapp has been considered far superior to Capello for this job for so long. Let's compare their CVs. Oh, but all of that is easily cancelled out by the fact that 'Arry is English. My goodness, nobody has learnt the lesson from 1954 yet.

    England will finally get the manager England deserves. Capello no doubt regrets taking a dire unwinable job, which has left a massive blemish on an otherwise impeccable football resume.

  • Comment number 14.

    Only one man will do and that man is Mourinho

  • Comment number 15.

    Strong leadership by the FA - it's a long time since I've been able to say that!

    Stripping John Terry of the captaincy was the right thing to do. How could a man with a court case hanging over his head relating to an allegation that he racially abused another English player - the brother of a possible centre back partner - be expected to commend respect as the team captain in the dressing room? He wouldn't it, it would have been farcical. (Unfortunately regardless of whether he is ultimately found guilty/not guilty after Euro 2012). The FA made the right decision, and if Capello didn't agree with it then he's right to go.

    Even taking into account his outstanding win ratio as manager, Capello's reign will be tainted by a truly dreadful, and embarrassing showing at the 2010 World Cup. With his track record we all rightly expected more than his succession of weak and predictable decisions and tactics. (The way we rolled over against Germany was an absolute shambles, and will be remembered for a long, long time).

    Next step? There are two or three English managers who would do a good job for England, but good old Harry will be justifiably given a shot at the job. Part-time until the summer would be fine by me, and would give Spurs the time to find a replacement until he signs a permanent four year contract in the summer.

    We can summarize Capello's reign with a brief statement. Promised much, but ultimately delivered very little when it mattered.

  • Comment number 16.

    11. At 22:25 8th Feb 2012, repo wrote:

    No, I don't think Hiddink would seriously consider the job. After successfully coaching the likes of South Korea and Australia, I doubt that he'd want to drop down a couple of notches to manage England.

  • Comment number 17.

    Why defend a player who can't defend?
    The job is unattenable for all managers because of the "know-it-all" English press who will claim this is a blessing and be calling for Sir Harry to ride in on his white horse and save the day but to take the job would be foolish of Redknapp the only reason Capello took it was because his legacy as a top class manager at club level was secure and he just wanted to try international football.
    Don't just appeal for an English manager because its the England team let the most capable and maddest man get the job with that in mind I suggest Glenn Hoddle again, you know for the laughs

  • Comment number 18.

    Another name for England to consider would be Sam Allardyce. The English generally love his ''style'' of football, and he has similar media ''connections'' to 'Arry, so would be treated with kid-gloves after yet another disastrous summer tournament for England.

  • Comment number 19.

    At 22:29 8th Feb 2012, The_Chief_Architect wrote:

    Only one man will do and that man is Mourinho

    And he would immediately reinstate John terry as captain :)
    But seriously , Mourinho has said on record that he would only coach Portugal, and only when he is in his 60´s.

  • Comment number 20.

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  • Comment number 21.

    Good riddance. Lets hope he take Terry with him. His reign has been a toxic and tribal catastrophe with Terry & co ruling the roost. Get rid of Terry and Lampard. One never a good enough, the other over the hill. Gerrard for captain. Maybe now the factions will be gone and we can get back to a united England again. Capello and Terry were a divisive poison for England.

  • Comment number 22.

    FA will get what they deserve, undermining the manager is the worst thing to do.
    we will get another manager who tries play good players out of position and make then look ordinary with the press picking the team again

  • Comment number 23.

    Best thing that could have happen to the England team. Job well done by the FA. Capello in all the time he was in charge did not add any value to the team what so ever. How they picked in the first is beyond belief as he could not even speak english and still does not. How did he ever motivate the players??? The world cup showing was a disaster which he should not have survived anyway. He milked the FA for 24 million pounds while doing the lousest job imaginable. England did not improve under Capello in fact they played worst. England needs an English manager who understands the mentality. The FA should pick someone fairly young and let him grow into the job. Win or lose getting rid of Capello was the right thing to do.

  • Comment number 24.

    At 22:30 8th Feb 2012, The_soul_patch_of_David_Villa wrote:

    Good point , I forgot about that , you also forgot about Turkey !

  • Comment number 25.

    Harry Redknapp, Jose Mourinho, Gus Hiddink, A N Other. It doesn't matter who is the manager, England players do not have the quality to win the Euros. Too many one footed players who are paid too much and have little motivation.

  • Comment number 26.

    It doesn't matter who manages England. You can't polish a tur*

    Fabio Capello is far to good a manager to be lumbered with managing England, and in all honesty it's suprising he downgraded himself after managing the mighty Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid.

    England may as well get Arry. Mediocre manager to work with mediocre players.

  • Comment number 27.

    At 22:33 8th Feb 2012, The_soul_patch_of_David_Villa wrote:

    Another name for England to consider would be Sam Allardyce.

    What a gem !!!
    His tactics would epitomise the English style of play, Crouch and Carroll spearheading England for the Euro´s.

  • Comment number 28.

    24. At 22:37 8th Feb 2012, repo wrote:

    Good point , I forgot about that , you also forgot about Turkey !

    Perplexingly, Guus wasn't so successful at Turkey, despite having the breathtakingly brilliant Hamit Altıntop and Nuri Şahin at his disposal.

  • Comment number 29.

    I posted this in David Bond's blog but in hindsight I probably should have waited for Phil's blog rather than hastily writing in that post which became more about Redknapp's tax thing than the England vacancy. So I'll just repost it here:

    Personally, I believe Redknapp would be silly to even consider taking the England job. There was a time when you could genuinely be proud in being involved with the England national team but that was many years ago; at least 20 years ago as a matter of fact.

    But now, the England managerial position is the bane of the career of any manager who goes near it. It doesn't matter how good they are or may have been; Capello and Eriksson are prime examples of that. No matter how much people may talk up the 'pride' and 'honour' that comes with the post, it's still the equivalent of being a carpenter and having to work with the worst quality wood, for example.

    It doesn't matter that the manager is not English. It also doesn't matter that there were clearly communication and cultural barriers between Capello and the players. The simple truth is that the current crop of England's so-called 'golden generation' are not fit for football at the truly highest level and never were to be fair.

    It's a blessing for England that they're all nearing the end of their careers and are giving way for genuinely gifted players such as Jack Wilshere.

    But even then, as far as I can see, no manager coming into the post within the next 5-10 years is going to enjoy much relative success. The FA are no good. The players are self-serving and also no good. And most of all, the footballing culture in England is no good. Talk all you want about it being the 'best league in the world'. But from what football I see in other countries, I just don't buy into that argument.

    When England play even the weak international sides it's clear to see that they are well behind the rest of the world when it comes to technical ability and collective efforts.

    So as long as the general football philosophy in this country remains 'kick and rush' and English players continue to be bred following this philosophy, then the country is going nowhere as far as I'm concerned. It doesn't matter who is managing the country; it really doesn't.

  • Comment number 30.

    Terry was a good player but now he is past it, time to go. Bad for the team having a serial pxxxxxxxxxr around.

  • Comment number 31.

    @14 & 19

    i wouldn't want Mourinho, I really don't think he could handle te England job, Would he really want to have next to nothing to do for most of the year??

    The bloke is genius at club management because he has the time with the players to get them to understand his way of playing, his tactics and his mentality. Could he do that with the England squad in 3 days before a game??

    Mourinho is all about having that aura over the players, but i don't think he could d that with the incompetent FA over his shoulder all the time.

    Look at Fabio and his time in club management and his style. Look how he has changed from when he first took the post. I think the England job would destroy Mourinho.

  • Comment number 32.

    regardless of who manages England, they won't win anything; brilliant individuals, mediocre as a team. Redknapp will be odds-on favourite, hopefully Hodgson will not even be considered!! other potentials i wouldn't mind seeing would be Chris Hughton or Ian Holloway who are doing wonderfully in the championship with limited resources and both play adventurous football. Southgate or Pearce himself wouldn't be the worst appointments either.

  • Comment number 33.

    FA should choose the best man for the job; then let him do his job.

    Pity they didn't treat Capello like this; at least he had the cojones to walk.

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  • Comment number 35.

    Leave the long-term appointment until after the Euros. Until then, I'd have Sven back in charge. Quite apart from having the best record of any England manager in recent years, he knows the players, he's a good motivator, and he can pick up the pieces better than anyone else.

  • Comment number 36.

    I think Capello comes away from this looking better than the FA does.

    I dare say it is an opportunity for England. I don't think the managers role will have too much of an impact having said that.

    I would have resigned too. The FA undermined the England manager, and communicated very poorly.

    An itallian abandoning a sinking ship... hang on...?

  • Comment number 37.

    I think this is excellent news for England. While I rate Capello highly I thought he should have resigned after the debacle of the world cup. I admire that he has taken a stand over the terry issue (though I agree with the FA for sacking Terry) and I think both groups can come out with heads held relatively high.

    As for the future I think there can be noone else but Harry. Stuart Pearce I would want in the future but I think now is too early. Harry has worked wonders at Tottenham and could easily see out the last part of the season. This will be excellent for england as harry will have very little pressure at a tournament we have written off already. He can revamp the team and bring in new blood whilst chucking out the old. He will play flowing attacking football as at Tottenham but with a solid defence as well. Whatever he achieves at the Euros wont be judged harshly so any decent performance would be a bonus, then he has a whole 2 years before Brazil to mould his team. He could have a squad of young players with a major tournament already under their belt..... can't see a problem with this!

  • Comment number 38.

    We all know 'Arry's been lined up for this, especially since Sunday.

    Personally, I think it will be like my worst nightmares in childhood-always loved tuning in to Sooty, for fun, disasterous schemes & Harry Corbett's Bradford accent.

    I always dreaded, though---------Just imagine that bonehead bloody Sweep being the main man instead! Good God, doesn't "bear" thinking about! Totally the wrong man-couldn't even speak English properly!

    And that is what it's going to be like at Lancaster Gate with 'Arry Boy in office. Just you watch for the string of plastic sausages at his first press conference and know you read it here first!

    This,Phil,will be indeed be an opportunity-------
    for the best farce since Fleydeau was writing!

  • Comment number 39.

    At 22:34 8th Feb 2012, repo wrote:

    At 22:29 8th Feb 2012, The_Chief_Architect wrote:

    Only one man will do and that man is Mourinho

    And he would immediately reinstate John terry as captain :)
    But seriously , Mourinho has said on record that he would only coach Portugal, and only when he is in his 60´s.


    Sometimes you can say where you want to work and when you want to do it but it never quite pans out that way and realistically England are one of the few sides out there that will tick all his boxes. He's leaving Real in the summer and I'd rather him then Redknapp as he is one of the best managers in the world. This is an opportunity the FA can't ignore but I expect the FA to give in again to the xenophobes & press and hire Redknapp which lacks ambition.

    As for re-instating Terry that was an oversight (lol) but I'm sure he'll know what he can't do before he takes the job that's if he 's offered it.

  • Comment number 40.

    At least Capello exhibited loyalty whether or not it was misplaced. That is a quality that the FA has never exhibited and perhaps cannot understand. The present members English FA and their predecessors have shown no understanding of football, football fans and are led by the nose by the media in their decisions.

  • Comment number 41.

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  • Comment number 42.

    Bernstein now needs to resign.

    He sacks Capello's captain, on the basis of unproven allegations, against natural justice (innocent until proven guilty) over his managers head.

    Capello had no option but to resign if he was to retain any authority or dignity.

    Leaving the England team with no manager and no captain a few months short of a major tournament.

    Exceptionally poor judgement, leadership and management by Bernstein. Typical weak FA, kowtowing to the press's need for a juicy story re Terry.

  • Comment number 43.

    Redknapp to take England job short term whilst continuing being Spurs manager til end of the season. See how he handles it during the Euros, then he can decide if he wants it full time. Stuart Pearce to continue to be right hand man and ready to be England manager after him. Similar to what Germany did with Klinsmann and Loew.
    Redknapp would only have one friendly to do before the end of the season. I personally think Redknapp has the perfect man management skills and football knowledge which the Eng land job needs at the present time.

  • Comment number 44.

    What a strange sequence of events, that could turn out for the best.

    A good, ethical man throws himself on the sword of priniciple as a result of the FA taking firm if rather extreme action over the behaviour of a considerably less ethical man, who has become a lightning road or worse within the England team and whose ability on the field has begun to dwindle. Would John Terry have done the same for Capello? Doubt it. Lest we forget, this is the man who organized his own conference with the press in South Africa and thought about throwing his long suffering boss under the proverbial bus. On balance England is well rid of him and I hope he never pulls on the shirt again.

    This also gives us the opportunity to clean out the central defence, play people who can keep up with the opposition and who treat the job as something other than a sinecure. For too long the young talent has been treated as "place holders" for two injury prone and aging former stars.

    It also gives us the chance to put the armband back on the guy who wore it with pride and whose game was elevated as a result; Steve G.

    As for the manager, if they can get Harry, great. He is now officially cleared in a court of law of the allegations that have dogged him for the last few years and the press should finally get off his back. He has the ability to attract guys to a less than comfortable place (exhibit A: Pompey) and produce at above their perceived potential. He might yet be the England manager Brian Clough could have been.

    Never a dull moment, eh?

  • Comment number 45.

    It is a sad state of affairs where the only man within the English FA with any morals or dignity is an Italian. Well done Fabio, to be honest you are best out of it. Lets all get behind the clamour for 'Arry and then turn on him by 2014.

    Capello was right to question the FA's handling of the whole situation. Terry was charged in December yet only in February, without actually consulting the man they pay to manage, decided to remove him when nothing within the allegations had changed.

    Capello is correct, it is a matter for the courts not the FA. If the FA wanted to be so high & mighty then they should have removed Terry in December from both the position of captain and playing whilst his case is ongoing. His guilt or innocence is a side show to the half way house farce that the FA have brought about.

    It is as though now the NotW is not around to sabotage our preparations the FA felt the need to did it personally. Lets be honest if a man with a record as good as Fabio can't help us do well what good can Redknapp do???

    No doubt the media will claim it is 'a new dawn' etc.

  • Comment number 46.

    Noooo. Dont go Harry. The England job is not doable. England cannot win a major tournament in the forseeable future, I'm talking 20 years. and Spurs have got something going, for almost the first time in 50. please please please rule yourself out of the job.

    Hodgson for England. Er, i mean Pardew. Hiddink. oneill. Ferguson...Wenger.

  • Comment number 47.

    The British are deluded if they think it is Harry redknapp that is making Spurs play attractively - no, it is Modric, Adebayor, Friedel, Bale and Van der Vaart but they are not English!!!
    Let's see what he will do with the Three Lions (Pussycats)!

  • Comment number 48.

    Shrewd move by Mr Capello. The John Terry saga has given him the perfect get out. Lets be honest, we're going to bomb out of the European Championship before we even reach the last 16, and he did not want to have that on his CV. He's done nothing with the team, and is only still in the position because the FA could not afford to move him on after the last world cup. Not sure where we go from here, and to be honest I doubt that Harry Redknap (if he takes the job) will want to take on the responsibility of taking this team to the Euro's. Better he starts the job after the tournament, with a clean slate, and hope that some of the senior underacheivers do the decent thing, and fall on their swords after this tournament is over. Whomever takes the job needs to be English, NOT Stuart Pierce, and have a clear vision for where the team needs to be for the next world cup.

  • Comment number 49.

    I have a question for any English fan that will answer. What if Harry Redknapp becomes England Manager and its an unmitigated disaster? Where does the FA go then? Pease I look forward to the answer, because as a foreign English football fan, I can honestly say I don't think England will win a major cometition in my life time and I am 35.

  • Comment number 50.

    How did journalists get their stories before Twitter?

  • Comment number 51.

    Madness. english madness. Look, the England team is grossly overrated, and always has been. You're not a team. In Hart you finally have a solid keeper, but beyond that... Glen Johnson -ropey, Terry & Rio both now past their best, Ashley Cole wont get better. Lampard past his best, Gerrard gone beyond his peak and was injured for much of the last year - and along with Lampard hasn't really fitted in England, despite a decent World Cup. Walcott is Walcott, Downing, Lennon all unreliable. Rooney suspended and the team dependant on him, and none of the other England forwards at International class.. bent, Defoe, Carroll, Zamora arent it and Sturridge & Welback its too early for.

    England dont have a team, what they have are players that are not the sum of their diminishing parts. Hart, Richards, Dawson, Cole, Parker, Barry and Gerrard will do their best, but England need to realise, despite the Spain result, they arent a great team. they should pick their best 14 and then fill the squad with young players and use the Euros to blood Jones, Smalling, Walker, Wilshire, Welbeck, Sturridge, Johnson for the next world cup qualifiers.

    Team England need to become TEAM England. Carraghers comments in his biography should be very seriously considere.d

  • Comment number 52.

    Well done to John Terry, his biggest contribution to the England team in 5 years.

  • Comment number 53.

    is it me, or was this Capello's ticket out of the impossible job? Surely he can't have thought Terry was worth defending if he'd wanted to stay.

  • Comment number 54.

    @47 I think some credit for the manager, no? (where do they get these people?)

  • Comment number 55.

    A rocking horse could manage England better than Capello did, and as Harry writes like a 2 year old, a rocking horse with Harry on top would restore pride to England and release us from the last decade of pain and stagnation.

  • Comment number 56.

    49 Bokboy12

    Then we sack him and the whole circus will begin again...... im just hoping it wont!

  • Comment number 57.

    #20. The EX girlfriend of a team mate

  • Comment number 58.

    I was under the impression that Stuart Pearce was managing the Olympic Team. Surely that would rule him out of temporary charge of England. He has more chance of winning the Olympics and has the honour of being Manager of the first Great Britain "team". Just a curve ball!

  • Comment number 59.

    this is all John Terry's doing. When charged he should have given up the captaincy 'until the matter is resolved' . Then if found innocent he could have been re-instated if the manager at the time so wished. By holding on to the job he made both the FA's and Cappello's positions impossible.
    I say we go for Tony Pullis - that'd be a team that worked hard for a win!

  • Comment number 60.

    England will get what they deserve, blah blah blah.

    What do they deserve? A poor showing at the World Cup? Absolutely no hope of winning the upcoming Euros the way they've been playing? I don't see how this is a step backward when we can't really get much worse than we already are.

    Will 'Arry, if he replaces Capello, improve England or make them worse? I'm past caring. I'm sure he can get a better performance out of the mediocre talent we have than Capello has though.

  • Comment number 61.

    Shows how much he cared about the job; resigning over this just before the Euros. If I was a Spurs fan I'd be gutted, you'd forgive Redknapp for not wanting the job for at least another 2 years but I'm sure he'll take over at the end of the season. O'Neil the other obvious choice, I'm sure he'd do just as good a job. Re. Pearce it'd be interesting if GB got a gold at the Olympics, (unlikely). Anyway winning Euros is with any of them is a very long shot.

  • Comment number 62.

    Circus is the word. The ringmasters are some of the biggest jokers. JT. What a guy. Why doesn't he resign ... then the FA could appoint him? Too much money sloshing around ... too many factions and too little respect and yet there are still bums on seats.

  • Comment number 63.

    Glad to see the back of Capello, great games % win record, poor competition record, came across poorly to to the English and SIX MILLION POUNDS for a contract, come on !!! ???
    Leave Rooney the liability and all that is wrong with football behind to finally teach the idiot how to conduct himself on a football pitch. Yeah Yeah he's talented but he's already compromised the team for his actions.
    I know most people are keen for Harry but I'd been very happy if Jose Morinho quit Madrid to take the job. He's probably the only none Englishman I'd accept.
    Terry's days are numbered anyway and I suppose if Gerrard can stay fit he's the leading candidate to be captain.
    Who knows we may end up reaching our potential and win something.
    Onwards and upwards ....

  • Comment number 64.

    All those calling for an English manager, think about this: what do Taylor, Robson, Venables,Hoddle, Keegan, Mclaren have in common? They were all abject failures. Nothing convinces me Redknapp will be any different. He's only been successful when given loadsamoney to spend. He can't buy his way to success with the England team. Like all England managers before him I don't think he has the tactical nous to be succesful at international level. Four more years in the international wilderness beckons.

  • Comment number 65.

    If Redknapp has any sense he will say no it always ends in tears managing England. In that instance I would give it to Pearce until after Euros.

  • Comment number 66.

    Terry has left a trail of destruction in his wake. Ever since Mourinho was forced out, rumoured to be partly due to him, its been one incident after another.

    Euro12 will be a disaster regardless of the manager. Capello had a great qualifying record, but England fans seem to forget in 92 ye bombed, in 94 you didnt qualify, in 96 you were at home, in 98 ye flattered in ONE game but Argentina knocked you out, in 2000 ye were so so, and Figos Portugal did ye. In 02 you were blessed to qualify and then outclassed by Brazil, and totally dependant on Beckham. In 04 mediocre, in 06 mediocre, in 08 you didnt qualify, and 2010 Greens error ruined a start and despite Germany outclassing you, should have gone in 2-2 at halftime.

    Basically, you've not challenged, really challenged, since Italia 90 and even then you had belgium and Cameroon on route. You go out to the first decent team in every tournament,

  • Comment number 67.

    The FA have mucked things up yet again. Capello was never going to succeed with England anyway, what with this main fact: England are not and never are good enought to win. It's easy for the narrow minded Little Englander (e.g. the press and fickle football fans) to blame everything on 'Johnny Foreigner' who doesn't know anything about English football.

    The reason a manager like Capello didn't 'understand' English football is that English football is incredibly backwards - his tactics were far too advanced for the mediocrity of English players. Watching England at the World Cup was embarrasing - the players couldn't do simple tasks that apparent world class players should be doing like holding on to the ball.

    But never fear! Here comes Harry Redknapp to save English football with his illustrious CV of an FA Cup victory against minnows Cardiff - apparently this guy is better than multiple Serie A winner and European Cup victor Capello! He definitely suits the team as his inevitable mediocre tactics of knocking the ball long is all the players can do. His 'geezer' type image also fits in with the fact English football is stuck in the 1970s. And don't go on about Tottenham being an attractive side - that's going to be inevitable with any manager who has the likes of Modric and co at his disposal. The fact that Tottenham have pumped loads of money into the squad also explains most of their success. Give him the job for sure, but like all his predecessors will inevitably fail miserably. Don't say I didn't warn you.

    Of course, England will get nowhere near to winning anything until drastic grassroot changes are made. But then again, the media and the FA opt for the short term measure and never look towards the future. This is the problem of English football - we are not that good, simple as that and we don't deserve anything! Until we model our football system towards the likes of Spain and Germany, then we will continue to go ridiculously brag about 1966 which with, every passing tournament, fades more and more into irrelevance as we continue to show the world how inept we are at 'our own game'.

    Of course, somebody is to blame for all this and unfortunately it will be all down to Capello. Sure he made mistakes but looking at the bigger picture, it's the incompetence of the FA which is failing English football again. And no doubt their snobbish and stubborn attitudes will make them to fail to realise this.

  • Comment number 68.

    MMM let me see, what a week for good old Arry.

    1 Cleared of tax evasion. By the way maybe all employers should set up bank accounts in employees dogs names & pay money (not of course bonuses) to the accounts, we know now its tax free, the precedent has been set.
    2 Undermined Fabio Capello at every opportunity & now the FA has done the same.
    3 is a shoe in for the job he so obviously wants at all costs.

    & theres more he's English so he'll be the best man for the job??

    In the real world Fabio Capello is one of the best managers of recent times & undoubtedly the best manager who has ever managed England & probably the best that will ever manage England. He is also an honest gentleman & a man of principle he deserved much better & I believe his only option was to resign.

    England & the FA were very lucky that he agreed to become England manager. The fact that England were unsuccessful under him shows how mediocre the English players are. The signs of improvement were there but as usual expectations are too high, but now I can only see a decline.

    England will now get a mediocre manager too.
    Good luck good old Arry you will need it

  • Comment number 69.

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  • Comment number 70.

    @64 just to correct you, Robson (1WC QF out narrowly to Maradona's Argentina, 1 WC SF out narrowly to eventual winners W Germany) cannot be accounted abject, and nor can Venables (1 tournament, admittedly in England, SF, out on pens to eventual winners W Germany). But i agree, Harry would be rubbish for ~England. They shouldnt touch him with ten foot pole.


  • Comment number 71.

    Again the FA have made a fool of themselves, just another day at the office for the incompetent fools. Their arrogance knows no bounds, their bumbling a source of weekly laughter, how regrettable, football for those who love the game be run by these incompetent clowns.

  • Comment number 72.

    Seriously phil? Spinning the loss of one of the best coaches in world football just a few months before a major tournament as a wonderful opportunity for England?

    Apart from anything else, any half-decent manager not currently on the dole would knock back the post at this point in the season. Redknapp above all, given that Spurs are seriously challenging for the English title for the first time in decades. To walk out now - after having been financed out of all proportion to his previous managerial success - would be a major betrayal.

    I can't see him doing it.

    So unless the FA are prepared to wait until the summer, they are up it without a paddle.

  • Comment number 73.

    Rafa Benitez

    Could start tomorrow
    Knows the English game
    Good cup competition manager

    No international Experience

    I would hope the FA will conduct a balanced appraisal of the next manager and find the best man for the job instead of adopting this whole "He must be English" nonsense. Best man for the job and most likely to help England win something is all I care about.

    Harry is a good shout but other than him, the other English managers I'm not so sure about.

    Who ever gets the job better not revert to Fabio's beloved 4-4-2, Big Striker Little Striker tactic. (team selection aside, my main gripe with him). Its time to see things shaken up. Perhaps playing players in the same roles that they do for their respective clubs? since the consensus seems to be that our English players aren't "world class" enough to be able to adapt into different positions or systems. (Rant over)

    Would like to see which alternative choices people would like at the helm.

  • Comment number 74.

    When are the FA going to take a good, long, hard look at themselves and just do us all a favour and resign to a man. Once again the build up to a tournament has been dragged into the gutter by the witless people in charge at the FA. Terry should have lost the captaincy but Capello should have been part of the process. What a typically English mess of the highest order. Now we have names like Hodgson bandied about, good God I give up its like something from a Carry On film but less believable.

  • Comment number 75.

    I think England's a lousy job for a coach and we have no chance of winning Euro 2012 or the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. I hope Harry takes the job of running the team only for Euro 2012 as a one off and then returns to Spurs for next season. Give Pearce a chance.

  • Comment number 76.

    Alan Pardew is the man to take the new, young England forward.

  • Comment number 77.

    Capello should have gone after world cup. But don't blame him for getting upset with the JT losing captaincy before he has been proved guilty in court. Agree with the FA in taking the captaincy off of JT especially as the court appearance is after the euro also JT sponsors samsung have withdrawn him from the olympic torch relay so he had to go as England captain a far bigger role.
    Do not see why Harry would have to leave Tottenham as the England job does not involve training with the players everyday the scouting could be done by scouts or dvds of games. So do not know why Harry could not juggle both until the end of the season. Also if he stayed at Tottenham he would be training with players on day to day basis something international mangers do not do and forget about and i believe affects the chnging room.

  • Comment number 78.

    Thank goodness Capello's gone. Anyone who thinks Terry has the pace needed at international level is not worth the job. You can't select someone just because you want to call him captain. Shawcross, Cahill, Dawson, Smalling and Jones should all be ahead of him in the squad and I've probably missed a few as well.

    With Capello gone, let's hope who ever manages England has the courage to do what's needed. Get a squad full of youngsters and build for the future.

  • Comment number 79.

    Once again the English FA with the help of the media scuttled and small chance our national team may have had at the EU championships.
    Unless they can persuade Harry Redknapp to take over,there are no other English managers capable of making a success of the team.
    Capello was the best manager we have had since Sir Alf Ramsey even though mistakes were made,so what,we are all human.
    Those who are pleased with this result certainly do not wish England to succeed now or in the future.A very sad day for English football.

  • Comment number 80.

    I believe Redknapp will come out and say he doesnt want the job!!!

  • Comment number 81.

    Congratulations Fabio, you landed us in the cack four months before a major tournament!

    He had some awesome moments in your time here and I don't blame you for being narked but as I said in an earlier blog, every anti-racist campaigner would have opened fire on English football had JT gotten away clean. The FA and English football were in a no-win situation and I'm gutted that he wasn't able to recognise that because trying to settle in a new gaffer will probably make reaching the Euro 2012 quarter finals completely impossible!

    Short term, Stuart Pearce should be hired till the end of Euro 2012, longer term, Redknapp's probably the safest bet going.

    Bazza: You're setting the bar impossibly high if you consider all the gaffers on that list abject failiures! McLaren, Keegan, Hoddle and Taylor yes but not the other two.

    You're probably one of those that expects us to win every tournament going - don't take the mick!

  • Comment number 82.

    I can't see Redknapp taking the England job, I really can't. I say give it to Stuart Pearce till after the Euros. It will give the FA a good period of time to think of a long-term successor.

  • Comment number 83.

    You say of Harry

    He definitely suits the team as his inevitable mediocre tactics of knocking the ball long is all the players can do.

    Umm..have you watched Spurs this season?

    and Modric was there with Ramos, and spurs were poor. So no. He's not mediocre, he's good. But NO ONE can do the England job

  • Comment number 84.

    FA - two letter which seem to convey bad management - its ironic that the English seem to find a way to destroy any chance they have of winning (anything). I am so with Fabio - John Terry maybe guilty of racial abuse; but as it stands today he is innocent

  • Comment number 85.

    Those that think Redknapp will take the job are in dreamland.

  • Comment number 86.

    What a mess we have gotten into:
    1-We appointed Capello whose grasp of the English language is tenuous.
    2- He totally misread his players fitness and motivational needs for the World Cup
    3- He did not grasp the importance we attach to the England Captain
    4-He (rightly) dismisses JT as captain and appoints Rio
    5-He reappoints Terry without telling Rio
    6-Terry allegedly abuses Anton Ferdinand
    7-Football is divided as to how to treat Terry, handshakes abandoned at QPR v Chelsea game
    8-Terry's trial scheduled after Euros (???)
    9-FA decide to remove Terry from team captaincy without consulting or involving Fabio Capello
    10-Capello speaks out against his employer on public TV in Italy
    11-Capello meets FA then resigns

    My points
    1 to 5: We should not have appointed him in the first place, however hindsight is always 20-20
    6: Idiot
    7: well Duh!
    8: Why - because witnesses may be difficult to bring together so let's disrupt the England team instead by not resolving the matter quickly.
    9:It's their right, but they should have advised Fabio of their intentions and invited him for input. It would not have changed the result but democracy rather than dictatorship would be more 'face-saving' for both parties.
    10: Thoughtless but perhaps thoughtful as FC perhaps realised that the team was not now a coherent unit thanks to the Terry situation and would most likely fail at the first hurdle so he sowed the seeds for his exit on a mater of honou.
    11:Fell on his sword

    One man's view but perhaps just an unfortunate sequence of events and thoughtless actions

  • Comment number 87.

    It is rumoured the the FA, in a new initiative to embrace public opinion have been trawling these boards and have come up with the ideal replacement for Capello. The candidate is a well known and prolific poster on these boards when he manages to extricate himself from all things Spanish whose name unfortunately escapes me at present.

    His first task apparently would be to persuade Pepe Reina to take up English citizenship thereby enabling him to drop the blonde goalkeeper. Of course this would mean adopting a tried and trusted English tactic of building from the back, but one has to start somewhere.

    This would set the tone whereby established foreign players in the Premiership would also adopt English citizenship which would eventually lead to the football team emulating their Rugby & Cricket peers by winning on the world stage in the modern era.

  • Comment number 88.

    What has happened today is essentially another way of the England national football team trying to mess up a potentially promising campaign. You can blame the FA and Capello for what has gone on. Both parties had valid arguments. Whether we like it or not, Capello was our most successful manager on paper, attempting to impose a winning mentallity into the team.
    So, Capello is gone, who is to come in? I would like Redknapp to be England manager, but as a Spurs fan, I don't want him to leave just yet. The only thing that would make me relatively satisfied for Redknapp leaving Spurs is if Mourinho or someone with those credentials to be the next Spurs manager.
    If I was the FA, I would consider (other than Harry)
    Guus Hiddink
    Martin O'Neil
    Roy Hodgson

    Some have commented Sam Allardyce and Southgate. Frankly, I would not think of Allardyce at first because I don't find that the type of football that he coaches is the most entertaining or fundamentally will not win matches against some of the international elite. Having Southgate as manager I think would be a joke. For a young manager, there are other alternatives to consider, more notably, Paul Ince. I wouldn't mind having Stuart Pearce as manager. But I hope the FA doesn't make an even bigger mistake by not considering outside of England. I know they've done gone down the foreign route against the media to bring in Capello, but they shouldn't let the media have their way.

  • Comment number 89.

    I think Capello's experience will show the whole of world football how awful England really are as a footballing nation. Sure, Sven had some impressive achievements prior to England but nothing of the sheer scale of what Capello achieved.

    After seeing the first world class manager take the helm of the England national team and fail, this will dissuade many other world class foreign coaches from taking the job. It is just a pointless exercise due to the fact that English football is so backwards in everything. It's only driven by money and not success while the grassroots are dreadful - and I really don't get why the media, like that of the FA, take off their rose tinted spectacles and see English football for what it really is. There's nothing to be proud of here - just sheer embarrasment I'm afraid.

  • Comment number 90.

    At 22:52 8th Feb 2012, The_Chief_Architect wrote:

    There is no way Mourinho will take the job, especially if he is told what he can and cant do.

  • Comment number 91.

    Why has no one considered Alan Pardew yet?

    He's working wonders with Newcastle

  • Comment number 92.

    Somehow I cannot see the FA going for Harry Redknapp (just cleared of tax evasion charges) after sacking Terry as captain for alleged racist comments.

  • Comment number 93.

    There may be a time in the near future to look back on this and say 'well, it turned out to be an opportunity', but now is the time to focus on the complete and utter disgrace that is the FA.

    Why an organisation would be so stupid as to take it upon itself to take a line outside that of UK law completely defies my comprehension. When the heat came on there was a clear opportunity for the FA to take the moral high ground and say: "A man is innocent until proven guilty in the eyes of the law, therefore we will await the decision of the courts before taking action". It was the right thing to do, and regardless of the idiots who may have said that they were being weak and reactive, they would have had UK law on their side and therefore would have been in the right and, if they stuck to their guns, untouchable.

    As it was, they are in the wrong, and Capello falls on his sword as a result of his integrity (it says it all that Furguson was supportive - clearly two of the miniscule minority of men in Football who have any integrity).

    What a joke of an organisation.

  • Comment number 94.

    @37. At 22:49 8th Feb 2012, wycombetilidie wrote:

    "Harry has worked wonders at Tottenham and could easily see out the last part of the season"

    I don't see Saint Harry (who is not guilty of tax-evasion) staying with Spurs until the end of the season. He is not exactly known for his loyalty. Anybody who moves from Portsmouth to Southampton and then back again has no scruples and would think nothing of leaving them in the lurch.

    The good news for Spurs fans is that if Saint Harry (who is not guilty of tax-evasion) does go then they should be in with a chance of a Champions League place.

  • Comment number 95.

    Harry "oneFAcup" for the job, at least he's won as many titles as England

  • Comment number 96.

    The news is going to be full of this trash for days. Who gives a stuff who's managing the bunch of mugs which is the England football team. Couldn't be less interested. Six nations this weekend far more interesting. Harry Redknapp would be off his nut to take the England job over Champion leagues football and a shot at the premiership with Spurs.

  • Comment number 97.

    @ 16: now you're just being silly :)
    @ 21: I have had the same impression of the England camp at the playing level. It cannot be coincidence can it? Also echoed by No.51 - England are so lacking in TEAM spirit they actually produce less than the sum of their parts!
    @ 23: I agree that Capello doesn't seem to have added ANYTHING to England's game during his time in charge.
    @ 29: I agree with you that the England job is as much a poison chalice as is the Brazil job, although some of the reasons differ.
    @ 35: an interesting suggestion!

  • Comment number 98.

    People can slate the FA or they like but what instigated all of this was the scandalous decision by the magistrate to put Terry's trial back to 9th July, after the European Championships. That left the FA with an incredibly difficult situation and with little choice but to remove the captaincy from Terry. Should they have consulted Capello before making the decision - yes, but that not give Capello the right to go off and publicly criticise him employees, especially given the sensitivity surrounding the decision. Where next for England?? As a Tottenham fan I'd hate to see Redknapp leave, but if he wants the England job I also fail to see the logic in preventing him from taking it. To think in a a few days time I may be reading headlines on the subject of 'Where next for Spurs'?

  • Comment number 99.

    #88 Demmelition Man :

    You say you would love to have Mourinho at Spurs - the team you support - but would hate to see Allardyce managing England because of his philosophy on how the game should be played?

    Both of their teams play the same type of football. Mourinho just happens to have some of the best attacking talent in the world at his disposal so of course his team are going to be banging in goals at the minute. But they still play that extremely boring and physical counter-attack type of football. Same as Allardyce's teams.

  • Comment number 100.

    If Mr Redknapp is offered the role of England coach and takes it could we see Jose Mourinho managing Tottenham next season? Whoever gets the England job will be pilloried if England (a) draw a game (b) lose a game (c) win a game but not by a large enough margin to satisfy the media; however they may have a longer 'honeymoon period' than most given the impending 2012 championship.


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