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Thursday, December 13, 2007

New England Boss...But No English

It's looking 99% certain that Fabio Capello will become the new manager of England.

Capello, as everyone knows, is a proven, top class manager - winning league trophies in Italy and Spain plus the inevitable Champions League title.

But is Capello really a good choice for a nation that rates itself way above the realities of their football.

One of the things that has been claimed is that Capello is unafraid of puncturing big egos and dropping big name players if they aren't performing. Naturally enough, lots of England fans think that this is a good thing.

There is a view among England fans that the players are all 'big time Charlies' who don't really care about playing for their country and need a good kick up the arse.

This may well be true. But, the thing with Capello is that he IS the big ego. The reason he falls out with big name players (Beckham, Totti...etc.) is less to do with their performance and more to do with Capello attempting to show the world that he is the main man.

Beckham, remember, was frozen out by Capello for having the nerve to sign a contract with a club that wanted him instead of one that really didn't.

"He'll never play for Real again", Capello claimed.

Except that Beckham did play for Real again and was a major contributor to Real's reclaiming of La Liga title.

So much for the 'hard taskmaster' tag.

The other problem with Capello is that he doesn't speak much English. Put aside easily made jokes about this being true of many England players as well, it is a problem to have a manager that can't really communicate with his players.

I'm not sure that Joe Cole and Wright-Phillips are really going to understand "gioc la sfera all'uomo ed al funzionamento grandi sopra ai knockdowns" .

I'm even less sure that Capello would be able to say "play the ball to the big man and run on to the knockdowns".

Anyway, Capello is the new England boss. England will qualify. England will get knocked out in the quarter-finals.

Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

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