FA say arrivederci to Fabio

Fabio Capello’s reign as England manager came to an inglorious end just five months before the European Championship finals. The Italian resigned over the issue of John Terry being stripped of the England captaincy.

Capello was forced to back down after a confrontation with the FA. They had taken strong exception to his comments on Italian TV when Capello suggested that, whatever the formal position, Terry would remain the real captain in his eyes.

The FA issued a statement: "Discussions focused on the FA board's decision to remove the England team captaincy from John Terry, and Fabio Capello's response through an Italian broadcast interview. Fabio's resignation was accepted and he will leave the post of England manager with immediate effect. We would like to thank Fabio for his work with the England team and wish him every success in the future."

It was an extreme example of Capello’s failure to understand the gravity of the Terry situation, and his unwillingness to embrace the complexities of English football’s politics.

Few England fans will be upset at the Italian’s departure. The abiding memory of his time at the helm of the England side will be the 4-1 defeat to Germany in the 2010 World Cup, one of the most humiliating performances in English football history.

The stage is set for the popular coronation of Harry Redknapp as England manager, for the Euro 2012 finals and beyond. Those who had always complained about England having a foreign manager seem to have been vindicated, and Capello’s successor looks likely to be a quintessentially English football man.

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