Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Capello’s chance to go with dignity

Capello
30Mar

Capello’s chance to go with dignity

by Mike Calvin
The plot thickens.
Here’s a scenario for you:
England complete the formality of qualifying for the Euro 2012 finals.
Fabio Capello returns to Italy, job done.
He rejoins Franco Baldini, his bagman, at Roma.
He retains the remnants of his dignity, and collects his compensation.
The FA are left looking decisive, which makes a change.
The finals, in Poland and the Ukraine, are a window of opportunity.
They offer Capello’s successor practical experience of the unique challenge of tournament football.
It’s optimal preparation for the 2014 World Cup.
Who takes over? Need I ask?
Come on down, Harry Redknapp
He has had his day in court, overcome his little local difficulty with the taxman.
He gets the job by acclamation, outside the Spurs boardroom at least.
Leading managers eulogise one of their own.
Players love his attaboy style.
The scamps in the press room and TV studio love him because he gives good quote.
Could it happen?
Why not?
The last fortnight has been tortuous for Capello, a proud man, who has outstayed his welcome.
A victory over Wales meant the square root of not a lot.
Last night’s gloriously raucous draw against Ghana made even Capello smile, because Asamoah Gyan’s late equaliser didn’t really matter.
But the mood is set.
If he continues, the questioning will become increasingly scornful.
His reputation will be roadkill, picked clean by assorted scavengers.
He doesn’t deserve that, and neither do we.


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