When will Fabio Capello Finally Leave Us?
Tomorrow isn’t soon enough for me after hearing his latest hairbrained scheme to reinstate John Terry as full time England captain ahead of the Wales game.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t an anti Terry rant, I have my opinions on Terry and I admit I don’t like him, but this is purely about Capello’s incompetence to manage England. I don’t doubt that Terry is a good captain, whether he should or shoudn’t be again is not the debate here.
The debate is Capello’s poor handling of these situations. He seems to have no people skills whatsoever and his capacity to continually make a mountain out of a molehill never ceases to amaze me.
We had the Capello index, the orders not to do contract negotiations in the build up to the world cup while he was doing his own, the calamitous goalkeeping situation at the world cup, the world cup team announcements 5 minutes before boarding the coach, asking Emile Heskey to come out of international retirement and getting snubbed, the numerous misunderstandings and disrespecting of David Beckham, need I go on?
As I wrote earlier, this isn’t anything against John Terry. I also understand that we can’t go on having the armband moved around like ‘pass the parcel’ in friendlys anymore. But there must be another alternative to the problem, than just simply sacking Ferdinand.
For example, start the game with your full time captain, or if not available then a senior pro will do, let him captain for the first half. Before the match designate another senior pro or a young up and coming player with a big future for England, leave him on the bench and give him the armband for the second half.
It surely can’t be that difficult or complicated to sort out. But no, Capello has to take his usual sledgehammer to crack a nut approach.
It is yet another staggering failure of Capello’s non exisitent man-management skills. How are Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard going to feel about this? They have effectively been sacked by Capello for what looks to me, like no reason whatsoever.
What is that going to do for the England teams dressing room morale?
Capello has now succeeded in annoying another two of his senior players, he may well also be risking splitting the camp again with Terry’s reappointment. I really can’t see any logical reason at all for doing this.
If he wanted to move all three on for a new younger captain, then fine, I could understand that. But what is the point in humiliating Ferdinand in this manner?
I don’t believe that Capello has thought this through at all, what is he supposed to do now if Terry gets injured or is unavailable for a match? Ask Rio to do it again?
The sooner this man leaves our national team the better. He just seems to bungle from one calamity to another, has anyone got any confidence left in this man?
Judging by the number of international retirements he has suffered, not many players have.
Just go now and do us all a favour.