FA confirms, ‘Fabio Capello has quit as England manager’
Fabio Capello has stunned England by resigning as the coach of the Three Lions just four months before the start of the 2012 European Championships. This comes late but on the same day Tottenham Hotspur manager, Harry Redknapp got cleared from tax-evasion. Now, Redknapp is the hot favorite to become England’s next football manager.
Capello’s resignation was brought in front of media after a long meeting with the Football Association’s (FA) chairman David Bernstein and FA general secretary Alex Home. The meeting took place at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
“We have accepted Fabio’s resignation, agreeing this is the right decision, Bernstein stated confirming the shocking news. “We would like to thank Fabio for his work with the England team and wish him every success in the future.”
Bernstein also shot down any chances for media to speculate about a fight between the FA and Capello.
“I would like to stress that during today’s meeting and throughout his time as England manager, Fabio has conducted himself in an extremely professional manner,” Bernstein said.
The Italian’s exit has paved a path for Redknapp to ne named as the new national team boss. The decision to bring Redknapp as manager could happen immediately or at the end of the Premier League season. The speculation about Redknapp succeeding Capello after the Euros was already rife, therefore his nomination won’t come as a shocker to the football world. Early reports from England suggest that the manager of England Under-21, Stuart Pearce could be made the interim manager of England.
The FA and Capello were having a tussle as of late. The former AC Milan manager had criticized FA for stripping Chelsea defender John Terry of England captaincy. Terry has been accused of racist abuse towards Queens Park Ranger defender, Anton Ferdinand. Anton also happens to be the brother of Terry’s English teammate and Manchester United star, Rio Ferdinand.
The 65-year-old, Capello publically stated that the FA should not have taken the armband for Terry. Capello also criticized FA’s sense of justice.
“What really hit me and forced me to take this decision was the fact the much-vaunted Anglo-Saxon sense of justice, as they are the first to claim that everyone is innocent until proven guilty,” Capello told an Italian news agency.
FA has refused to comment on the issue. They will be holding a press conference at Wembley at noon on Thursday to clarify and comment on the saga.
“FA will not be making any further comment until the media conference,” the FA stated.