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England manager Capello quits

2012-02-08 21:33

London - Fabio Capello has quit as England manager following the Football Association's decision to strip John Terry of the captaincy, the FA announced on Wednesday.

"Fabio's resignation was accepted and he will leave the post of England manager with immediate effect," the FA said in a statement.

The Italian quit following a meeting at Wembley with FA chairman David Bernstein.

The FA said the discussions focused on its decision to remove the captaincy from Chelsea skipper Terry, who is facing trial later this year on charges of racially abusing QPR player Anton Ferdinand.

Capello had publicly disagreed with the decision in an Italian television interview.

"I would like to stress that during today's meeting and throughout his time as England manager, Fabio has conducted himself in an extremely professional manner," Bernstein said.

"We have accepted Fabio's resignation, agreeing this is the right decision. We would like to thank Fabio for his work with the England team and wish him every success in the future."

The decision comes within hours of Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp being cleared by a jury over charges of tax evasion.

Redknapp is the bookmakers' favourite to become the next England manager.

Capello was heavily criticised for England's disappointing performance at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa where they were thrashed by Germany in the second round.

His contract was due to expire following the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine, which kicks off in June.

AFP

Comments
  • Anele - 2012-02-08 21:48

    he wasnt good enough anyway-

      Dawood - 2012-02-08 22:49

      england aren't good enough. U can put fergie incharge,but the useless pommies will still win nothing.

      Dhirshan - 2012-02-09 09:15

      england will never get past the big three of netherlands, germany and spain, whoever the coach is!!!

  • Kagisho Mathabatha - 2012-02-08 22:20

    in south africa, they would have extended his contract by another four years

      Sean - 2012-02-09 09:29

      @Kagisho Mathabatha - Yip , they would extend 4 years and he would get a big fat bonus ! Lol !

  • Pieter - 2012-02-08 22:29

    If they want to win a World Cup, now is the time to get in the Special One - Jose Mourhino. He is the only one strong enough for the Media, players and Supporters

  • Steve - 2012-02-08 22:54

    Interesting.......Terry was stripped of captaincy which must mean there is some truth to the racism allegations. Capello is either A: condoning Terry's behaviour or B: admitting he actually doesn't have the ability to manage 16 foul-mouthed, overpaid, prima-donna louts of average footballing ability at Euro 2012 and emerge with his reputation intact. Either way, he's achieved zilch (qualifying for the World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 are not massive achievements when the quality of the opposition in the qualifying rounds is taken into account.....), been paid a bucket full of wonga and has baled four months before a major international tournament. Perhaps he's been offered a job as a cruiseliner captain, he appears to share the same national mentality.......

      Sandile Latha - 2012-02-08 23:09

      I totally agree wit u Steve. What kinda coach leaves his team four month before a major tournament? Bet he knows something most of us already knew. England will not win the EURO cup. So instead of being pushed out by the English paparazzi after the failure, find an excuse to quit.

      rbczovczov - 2012-02-09 07:11

      you are 100% right steve.

  • Tshepo Ship Sekepe - 2012-02-08 22:59

    We know Capello is a principled man and doesn't want his authority to be undermined. But this time he chose the easy way out. Euro is around the corner and he has not yet assembled a squad to compete. With so much politics within or surrounding the squad and their crazy media, resigning was the best decision.

  • Mlalazi Andile Oliphant - 2012-02-08 23:59

    anyway he`s not the only fish in the sea ,let him go if he wants 2 :~) !

  • Sylvester Mohloli - 2012-02-09 06:42

    Quit my arse, he was pushed and he took the easy way out, who would want to captain a sinking pom ship anyways...

  • rbczovczov - 2012-02-09 07:10

    There goes the Brits sabotaging themselves before a major tournament again.

  • malcolm.molver - 2012-02-09 08:07

    At least Capello isn't the only Italian to abandon a sinking ship...

      John - 2012-02-09 14:59

      LOL!

  • Bonjo - 2012-02-09 10:41

    Again I will say, Capello wanted Terry sacked over his alleged affair with Wayne Bridge's girl but doesn't want Terry sacked over an alleged racial abuse on a fellow Brit?? Let him go, the English are better off without him!

  • sh.fish1 - 2012-02-09 11:08

    end of an era

      Shivaskar - 2012-02-09 13:37

      end of an Error.

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