With Euro 2012 four months away, Fabio Capello resigned as manager of the English National Team.
That sure doesn't bode well for England.
Capello decided to stand by his captain, John Terry, amidst the Football Association stripping Terry of the England captaincy. To show his disapproval, Capello resigned.
Terry is awaiting a trial regarding his racial allegations, but the trial date is not set until July 9, which is eight days after the Euro Final.
Given the situation and the FA's action, Capello decided that he must walk away from the job four months before the second-biggest tournament in the world. Here are six lessons we learned because of Capello's resignation.
The FA doesn't care what a civil court has to say about John Terry's actions.
The decision was made and they are going to stand by it.
Right or wrong, this action is justifiable. England does not want an alleged racist leading their squad into Euro 2012. Whether he is guilty or not is still to be determined.
That doesn't matter.
The captain represents the team and the country. When a man puts on the armband, he is held to a higher standard. The FA did not believe Terry lived up to the standard, so they took the captaincy away.
Even though it's a defensible decision, they needed to discuss it with the manager. Fabio Capello was unhappy with the decision right away and he even said that he still considered Terry the captain.
Then he resigned.
The FA was not listening to Capello and he was fed up with it. He is making a strong point, but the FA is still standing firm.
We'll see if the resignation changes anything. Don't expect much.
John Terry is one of the greatest English defenders of all time, but that won't be the only thing he's remembered for.
In fact, at the rate he's going, it won't even be the first thing he's remembered for.
Terry has had some controversy surrounding him on a regular basis. Nevertheless, the FA has stood by him as captain since 2006. For a year (from February 2010 until March 2011), Terry didn't hold the captaincy, but that's been the only break in the past five-and-a-half years.
Now, the captaincy is gone once again and it probably won't ever come back.
Terry is a legend, a fan favorite (for the most part) and one of the greatest defenders to ever put on an England uniform.
Unfortunately, he will probably be remembered for always being in the tabloids and losing the captaincy on two separate occasions.
Oh wait, you already knew that.
Controversy aside, Fabio Capello's resignation proves one thing: He will do anything for his players.
Capello stood behind John Terry amidst these allegations, but the FA did not. When the FA originally stripped Terry of the captaincy, Capello said that he still considered Terry the captain.
When the FA didn't retract their decision, Capello took a stand.
It might not be the best thing for England heading into Euro, but it's the decision Capello felt he needed to make. To him, Terry was being mistreated and Capello couldn't stand by without doing anything.
To make his point known, Capello gave up his job and a chance at glory with England in June. Terry's treatment meant that much to him and he decided to stand by his player.
It may be an extreme move, but it's the move Capello felt he needed to make. As a player, there's nothing more you could ask for than a coach willing to give up his job to defend you.
Euro 2012 begins in four months.
Right now, England is without a captain or a manager. That's not exactly a good position to be in.
Still, the FA acted and is standing by the action. Without consulting Fabio Capello, they removed the captaincy from John Terry. Understandably, Capello jumped ship.
Really? The FA didn't see fallout like that coming?
I would be surprised if they didn't even consider that possibility. Even still, they acted without consulting the manager. As shady as that is, it's understandable that Capello would resign.
Now, the FA must act quickly.
They need to find a good manager that will lead England to glory—or something like that.
At this point, it's clear the FA doesn't care about when they do things. The right decision must be made, regardless of time.
While that's a fair belief, it isn't exactly the best thing for the squad itself.
As if that's a possibility.
Regardless of who assumes the manager position and the captaincy, England will have tons of pressure heading into Euro 2012.
For every major tournament, there are huge expectations for England. For the most recent tournaments, they have been nothing short of disappointing.
In the 2010 World Cup, they lost in the round of 16 (albeit, they should've been level at 2-2). They didn't qualify for Euro 2008. They lost in the quarterfinals in the 2006 World Cup. And they lost in the quarterfinals of Euro 2004.
We could go on back to 1996 (their last major tournament semifinal) or to 1966 (their only major tournament title and it was slightly controversial). The trend of England underachieving travels through generations.
This tournament was supposed to be different. There were veterans, youngsters and a coach all hungry to bring glory to England.
There was enough pressure already, but Fabio Capello's resignation puts even more pressure on those remaining.
I wish luck to the players dealing with this scrutiny, because they will need it.