England manager, Fabio Capello resigned on Thursday in an apparent protest against the withdrawal of John Terry’s captaincy by the FA. This has thrown England’s preparation for the Euros this summer into turmoil with only 120 days before the tournament starts to find a new manager.
The controversy originally stemmed from an interview Capello gave on an Italian television station when Capello insisted he “absolutely” disagreed with the FA and felt Terry should not be punished until the verdict of his court case. However, the FA felt differently after the court dates were postponed until after Euro 2012 a decision had to be made. The decision by the board regarding captaincy was said to be, “unanimous.”
The FA chairman David Bernstein made a statement earlier today regarding the resignation, saying, “On Sunday, Fabio conducted an interview with an Italian broadcaster. That caused conjecture and huge public debate and frankly it was an unsatisfactory situation.”
He continued, “”It was a very detailed meeting with a lot of detailed questions asked by us. We adjourned and an hour later I met, by myself, with Fabio. At that time he offered his resignation and I agreed this was the right decision for the FA.”
When the board was questioned regarding Capello’s replacement they indicated a clear priority“will be putting a shortlist together” and they indicated they wanted the recruitment to be done “properly”.
However, when directly questioned regarding individuals the board refused to comment at this stage. The current front runner for the job is Harry Redknapp, who was cleared early yesterday of tax evasion at Southwark Crown Court.
Redknapp has received public backing from a number of people, including former England manager, Sven Goran Eriksson, BBC pundit, Gary Linekar current players Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand. This is understandable, as he seems to fit all the criteria for an England manager, he has succeeded in making Tottenham a top four side, the players want him, the public want him and he is English. Redknapp was quick to dismiss speculation by saying, “I’ve not even thought about it. I’ve got a job to do. I’ve got a big game on Saturday for Tottenham.”
Some have even suggested, Redknapp could do the England job part-time whilst finishing the season with Tottenham, however this seems unlikely. What is certain however, is that whoever gets the job they face a mammoth task in a very short period of time.