England head coach Fabio Capello has handed in his resignation to the FA and has been removed from the post effective immediately. The famed Italian manager had disagreed with the FA’s decision to strip John Terry’s captaincy while he awaits a trial for racial abuse, and had criticized the move publicly.
Reviews were mixed during Capello’s tenure. England uncharacteristically routed opponents in World Cup 2010 qualification, winning 9/10 games and outscoring opponents 34-6. Though, his Three Lions team was an incredible disappointment in South Africa, limping into the knockout round with one win in three matches and being dispatched 4-2 by Germany. England qualified easily for Euro 2012, finishing six points clear of second-place Montenegro. They have been drawn with Ukraine, Sweden and France.
Capello’s presumed replacement will be Tottenham mananger Harry “‘Arry” Redknapp, who conveniently was found not guilty of tax evasion today. Redknapp managed West Ham, Portsmouth and Southampton before taking over at Spurs. He brought the club to its first Champions League appearance in 2010 and currently has them in third place in the Premier League.
Unfortunately, England can’t furnish Redknapp with a wad of cash to wheel and deal in a nonexistent transfer window. Our choice would be present West Ham manager Sam Allardyce who has a track record of instilling proper training regimes, of managing difficult personalities and of winning with fewer resources at his disposal. His Hammers currently are at the top of the English Championship and poised for a return to the EPL next year.
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