FA says it's English all the way from now on
Published 23:00 15/08/10 By David McDonnell
The FA have declared that Fabio Capello’s eventual successor will be English.
Capello is under pressure following England’s dismal showing at the World Cup in South Africa, with Liverpool’s Roy Hodgson and Tottenham’s Harry Redknapp touted as possible successors for the Italian.
And if England do not make a flying start to their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, which begins with Bulgaria’s visit to Wembley on September 3, Capello could find himself out of a job and replaced by a home-grown boss.
Capello is still contracted with England until 2012. But after the World Cup shambles, a breakdown in communication with his players and his failure to inform David Beckham his international career was over, he has become an increasingly unpopular figure.
And the FA’s Club England managing director, Adrian Bevington, said after high-level discussions at Soho Square, it had been decided that whoever succeeds Capello would be English.
“That is the view in the discussions I have been involved in,” said Bevington. “We enjoyed working with Sven Goran Eriksson, and we have Fabio in now. But I think the English team should be managed by an English manager (in the future).
“A lot of people have a very different view of Fabio Capello to the one they had before the World Cup.
“Our job is to support him as best we can.
“Maybe we can help him, and maybe now is the time to improve communications between manager and players.”
Former England boss Eriksson criticised Capello’s handling of his decision to end Beckham’s international career and said the 35-year-old former skipper deserved to be told in person, rather than hearing via the media.
“You have to show respect,” said Eriksson. “If it’s a player with 20 to 50 caps or more, then yes, absolutely (you must call them). I did it many times. David Seaman was one of them.
“I would do it because I want to show respect to the players – especially those who have done a lot of good things for England. David Beckham deserves all the respect you can give to him.”
Bevington added: “I am confident that, if he hasn’t already, Fabio will be making contact with David sometime soon.”