Fabio Capello resigns as England manager
Most people expected the FA and Fabio Capello to patch up their differences on Wednesday night when the two parties met in the wake of John Terry being deposed as captain of England.
February 8th, 2012
However, after an hour of talks, the English Football Association accepted the resignation of the Italian and the national team are now without a manager four months ahead of the Euro 2012 finals.
It was clear that Capello disagreed with the decision to take the captain’s armband off Terry following the defender being charged with racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, with the player’s court case scheduled for July when Euro 2012 finishes.
Harry Redknapp is now favourite to the next permanent manager of England, although it is unclear as to whether the Tottenham manager will be in a position to take charge of the Three Lions during the summer.
Redknapp was found not guilty of tax evasion earlier in the day that Capello resigned, with the Spurs boss probably in no mood to contemplate the vacant England manager’s position until the end of the domestic football season.
Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson thinks Redknapp is the obvious replacement for Capello, telling BBC Sport: “I think Redknapp will be a very, very good choice. He’s English; he knows his football.
“He is doing a great job with Tottenham and has done a great job with every team he’s had in the past, so I guess it will be him.
“You need to be an experienced manager used to dealing with the big names and some knowledge about international football would help. I think Harry has all these things.”