Fabio Capello Quits England: Winners and Losers
Fabio Capello resigned as England manager yesterday, after going to war with the FA over their decision to strip John Terry of the captaincy.
Capello made public his opposition to their decision, and was immediately summoned for crisis talks by FA chief David Bernstein at Wembley Stadium.
Following the meeting it was announced his resignation had been accepted and would be effective immediately.
Here are the winners and losers from the debacle...
Loser: John Terry
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Capello clearly saw John Terry as the natural leader of his team, and his comments to Italian television suggested he had no qualms about the charges hanging over the Chelsea man.
With Capello out of the picture, there's a chance the new incumbent of the role won't be such a strong advocate of Terry.
There's a chance he might not want Terry involved at all, bearing in mind the potential distraction of his looming court case, and the potential disruption to squad harmony.
Winner: Harry Redknapp
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The overwhelming public vote is for Harry Redknapp to become the next permanent England manager.
This was always the case, but with Redknapp cleared of tax evasion and Capello's resignation coming together on the same day, his stock has never been higher.
The clamor for 'Arry will be hard for the FA to ignore now.
Loser: The FA
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The FA paid Capello £6 million a year to manage the fortunes of the England national team, and they've seen little in the way of progress.
Qualification for the 2010 World Cup was achieved, but when England got there they performed miserably.
Capello also got them to Euro 2012, but hopes of success going into the tournament remained low.
While the Italian achieved an impressive 66.7 percent win ratio, his England reign will ultimately be measured on the team's abject failure in South Africa.
And for that, the FA must surely be held responsible.
There's also the issue of Capello publicly defying them over the Terry affair. The next England manager must surely work more closely with the game's governing body to avoid a similar embarrassment in the future.
Winner: The Media
It's fair to say the press in England never really warmed to Fabio Capello.
It's also fair to say the increased accessibility they'd get if a man like Harry Redknapp took the job would make their jobs a lot easier in covering the national team.
Moreover, Capello's resignation provides the media with the ideal opportunity to play on nationalist themes and appeal for an English-born manager.
Ultimately, Capello going will sell papers. As will the hunt for, and announcement, of his replacement. And by bringing a new manager, the media have the perfect opportunity to appeal for fresh hope ahead of Euro 2012.
Hope sells papers, too.
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Spurs fans have always known this moment was coming. Harry Redknapp has been their savior in recent seasons, returning the club to prominence and bringing a new sense of optimism to White Hart Lane.
If he gets the England job, Spurs' future is less certain. A new manager might mean the likes of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric look to continue their careers elsewhere, and bring about a period of rebuilding.
If Redknapp does go, the least Spurs fans will be hoping for is that he's allowed to finish this season alongside his national duties.
Winner: Kyle Walker?
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If England do indeed turn to Harry Redknapp, there's a good chance the Tottenham manager will stay loyal to some of the players who've brought him success at White Hart Lane.
Kyle Walker seems like a natural choice for right-back on current form, and with Redknapp in charge, it would be all the more likely the young defender would be trusted at Euro 2012.
Loser: Fabio Capello
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When he was appointed England manger in December 2007, Capello brought vast experience and hopes for a brighter future for the national team.
It hasn't quite worked out that way.
England have had some bright spots, but Capello's reign will be remembered for controversy and his team's poor showing at the 2010 World Cup.
He arguably leaves with his reputation slightly diminished.
Winner: England's Chances at Euro 2012
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There are two schools of thought here.
One says England's preparations for Euro 2012 have been thrown into disarray by Capello's resignation and their chances are even slimmer than they were.
The other, to which I subscribe fully, is that a new manager can galvanise England and improve their chances at making a run in the tournament.
Capello is clearly a fine coach, but it seems his ability to motivate England and send the players out with freedom was lacking. Perhaps it was just lost in translation.
How often do you see a team pick up when a new manager comes in?
Winner: Paul Scholes?
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I'll finish with a long-shot.
Paul Scholes in back in business at Manchester United, and at 37 still delivering the goods in central midfield.
Capello failed in tempting him out of international retirement for the 2010 World Cup. Perhaps a new manager would have more success if they fancied Scholes as a backup option for Euro 2012?
It's not as crazy as it seems.