Capello excuses were embarrassing but we don't have to go English next
As every England manager inevitably fails, so begins the inquest.
There is an almighty clamour for an English manager to take over because another big-name foreigner has come up short.
Fabio Capello has been left hanging by the FA after the dismal World Cup campaign.
But as the FA review his future, the biggest argument you hear from fans against Capello is he is Italian and therefore cannot manage England.
It would appear you should appoint an Englishman to the national job even if he is not up to it.
Steve McClaren is busy rebuilding his career and enhancing his reputation first at FC Twente and now at Wolfsburg. But the England job came at the wrong time for him in 2006.
Back then, the clamour was to go back for the best man for the job. That man was deemed to be Capello. He’s come up short so we must now have an Englishman.
Unless FIFA change the rules over managers, the best man must get the job. That means it cannot be an Englishman.
If you appoint a second-rate manager just because he’s English the players will not respect him and it will be a disaster.
Harry Redknapp is not second- rate, and he’s the one English manager that could handle the egos, players and make it work.
But will the FA appoint him with an ongoing tax case involving him?
If you want to go down the route of appointing an Englishman you may as well go for David Beckham.
He is 35, still has a playing contract with LA Galaxy, hasn’t coached or done his coaching badges, and yet, most importantly, has the respect of his players. He has to be under consideration.
I thought England would beat Germany. I still believe they have better players from one to 11. But Germany have a better team.
Now Capello is under scrutiny. Everything from his boot-camp, management style and why England fell so woefully short of expectations is under the spotlight.
There should be another factor. Into his third year in the job, Capello can still only talk in pidgin English. He’s on £6million-a-year, and yet has not bothered to learn the language well enough to hold a decent conversation.
How can he get his point across effectively and inspire the players?
Capello is also old school, he’s 64, the players think his methods are as outdated as his 4-4-2 system. That formation is a thing of the past at this level.
He enjoyed a brilliant qualifying campaign but could not fulfil his own standards at the World Cup.
To blame tiredness and lack of a winter break was just embarrassing.
The players were disaffected and an unhappy camp makes for an unsuccessful camp.
The FA were quick to insist they are not making a “knee-jerk reaction” on Capello. It’s too late for that.
They had done it by removing the clause in his contract on the eve of the World Cup, allowing them to dismiss him without compensation.
They did it because Inter Milan were keen on Capello and yet it may prove to be the most naive and costly decision since upgrading Sven Goran Eriksson’s contract when Chelsea came calling.
The FA were also quick to insist it was “common sense” to review his position then.
But in which other job would you be happy for your employer to tell you they were going to review your position? It’s the beginning of the end-game.
As the FA review Capello’s future, they will listen to the public and if people demand an English manager, that is what they may get.
Sadly, chances are he will come up even shorter than Capello.