Fabio Capello Resigns: Who Is the Best Candidate to Be England's Next Manager

Conner GordonContributor IIIFebruary 9, 2012

Fabio Capello Resigns: Who Is the Best Candidate to Be England's Next Manager

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    The once invincible manager, Fabio Capello, has stepped down from the reigns of the Three Lions.

    With Euro 2012 fast approaching, and U-21 England coach Stuart Pearce acting as caretaker, England is in desperate need to find a tactician to transition England into a winning era.

    With many fans screaming for an English manager to be entrusted with the call of duty, we take a look at the likely options for the Italian's replacement.

Martin O'Neill

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    Martin O'Neill, 59 years old, is a well traveled coach who has enjoyed success throughout his managerial career. 

    He has taken the reigns at Wycombe Wanderers, Norwich City, Leicester City, Celtic, Aston Villa and now has the reigns at Sunderland.

    In 837 games managed, he has 445 wins, 198 draws and 194 losses, totalling in a 52.17 win percentage. 

    His most successful stint was his five-year stay at Celtic, contributing 213 wins and only 40 losses.

    Notable accomplishments with his clubs include: a Conference title, two FA trophies, three promotions, two league cups, three league titles, three domestic cups and a league title. His current record with Sunderland is nine wins, two draws, and two losses.

    He does hail from Northern Ireland, but is familiar with coaching the English style. He spent much of his lengthy coaching career in England.

Alan Pardew

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    The 50-year-old-Englishman, currently coaching a talented Newcastle United side sitting fifth place in the EPL, is a man well accustomed to the English game.

    In 580 games managed, he holds a record of 252 wins, 147 draws and 181 losses—totaling a win percentage of 43.45.

    His entire coaching career has been spent in England, masterminding the tactics of Reading, West Ham United, Charlton Athletic, Southampton and Newcastle United.

    Pardew has a relatively weak resume, but it is hard to overlook a manager who has broken into the Top Five of the English domestic league.

Guus Hiddink

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    De Graafschap, PSV Eindhoven, Fenerbahce, Valencia, Real Madrid, Betis, South Korea, Australia, Russia, Chelsea and Turkey—Guus Hiddink undoubtedly has had an extremely impressive host of clubs entrusted to his care.

    He has managed 690 games, collecting 390 wins, 145 draws and 155 losses totalling a 56.52 win percentage. 

    Hiddink also has one or two trophies on his shelf. He collected the AFC Coach of the year award, World Soccer World Manager of the year, six league titles, six domestic cups, one EUFA European Cup, one Intercontinental Cup, UEFA Euro quarter finalist, two World Cup fourth-place finishes and a UEFA Euro semi-final finish.

    He has brought impressive success to weaker teams in Russia and South Korea. However, he is currently out of work and it remains to be seen weather he could repeat his previous heroics or if his managerial talent has fizzled out.

Stuart Pearce

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    It is unlikely that the England FA will permit Pearce to take over the lead coach role on a permanent basis.  If he is able to string together a series of wins and the players respond positively to his stint as caretaker, he might earn himself a chance to lead the team into Euro 2012.

    He has managed Nottingham Forest, Manchester City, England U-21s and he is set to be the coach of Team Great Britain.

    In 161 games, Pearce has 64 wins, 42 draws and 55 losses making an 39.75 win percentage.

Harry Redknapp

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    Harry Redknapp is touted to be the leading candidate to replace Fabio Capello as England's manager. 

    The current Tottenham Hotspur manager is considered one of the smartest footballing minds in the world, with his ability to create a great team with the players at hand.

    The Englishman has managed an incredible 1256 games, tallying 512 wins, 313 draws and 431 losses.  In total, he has a 40.76 win percentage.

    He has done truly spectacular work with his current Tottenham team, who sit third in the EPL standing, pushing Chelsea, Newcastle, Arsenal and Liverpool out of the Top Three.

    Right now, he is the best true English candidate for the job.  It is yet to be seen if he has the will to leave his beautifully crafted Tottenham side in order to take over England on a full-time basis.

    If he does, he can add England to his resume alongside Tottenham, Portsmouth, Southampton, West Ham United and Bournemouth.

Who Would You Choose?

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    Who deserves the call?

    Does Jose Mourinho fit the bill?

    Pep Guardiola?


    Who would you select to entrust the England squad to?


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