Football managers are a fickle lot, and very few can handle being undermined by the people that employ them. Fabio Capello is just another example of this in the conveyor belt that is professional management.
Capello follows in the footsteps of other managers such as Kevin Keegan to have left their post after unacceptable interference in football matters by a board. For Keegan, it was Mike Ashley’s fiddling and meddling in the transfer market without consulting the manager, which meant he felt he could no longer stay on. For Capello, it was the sacking of England skipper John Terry without his consent.
The Italian’s resignation came after an hourlong meeting with FA chairman David Bernstein and leaves England without a manager and captain just months before a major international tournament.
In situations like this, is it tempting to revert straight back to base stereotypes? Of course Capello resigned; isn’t that what Italians do? Throw in the towel when the going gets tough?
Capello himself will respond to that by saying it was a matter of principle for him; he had to resign to show his anger that such an important decision had been made without asking him about it first.
I find this line of argument incredibly selfish.
The last thing that England needed was for the manager to resign now. He was already going to go at the end of the tournament, so why not wait it out? It also leaves the FA and the England fans in a very tricky situation, with so little time to appoint a manager, will the FA take their time to choose the right man, or rush headlong into a decision they later regret.
Stuart Pearce seems to be in line for a caretaker post until Euro 2012 is completed. After that, popular consensus indicates that Harry Redknapp will be persuaded to take over.
Secondly, it was a failure of his part to acknowledge the fact that the appointment of John Terry for a second time was a bad decision that put him in that position in the first place. They say never go back—oh how we wish that Mr. Capello had taken that more seriously. Whether through pride or a genuine misguided belief that Terry was the correct man for the job a second time around, he did.
And it has cost him his job.