Football in England has once again been left reeling after Fabio Capello resigned as England manager after an hour long meeting with David Bernstein.
The move by Capello to walk away from the England job comes after he criticized the FA in removing the captaincy from Chelsea’s John Terry on Italian tv, a move which was sure to leave his position as head manager of England in a precarious position.
It appears the FA crossed a line with Capello and it is clear that he felt undermined by the dealings of the FA into the matter, and ‘damaged his authority’ leaving the charismatic Italian with no other choice but to keep his dignity and step down.
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With only four months until the European Championship England are now without a captain and a manager, hardly ideal preparati0ns as the Three Lions go in search of a major trophy which has eluded them for decades.
England U21 coach Stuart Pearce is sure to take charge of England against the Netherlands as the attention turns to Harry Redknapp, who in a bizarre turn of events was aquitted of tax evasion the same day as Capello walked away.
Whether the current Spurs boss actually wants the job remains to be seen, but it would of course be the pinnacle of his career and the board at White Hart Lane are unlikely to stand in his way.
The FA however, have a habit of not giving in to public opinion and with Jose Mourinho indicating he would favour a return to England, the appointment of Redknapp may not be a formality.
Rest assured, the England set up is now in turmoil, and not for the first time the FA must now sort out this mess it now finds itself in as England prepare for Euro 2012.