So, after four years in the job, Fabio Capello has finally resigned as England Manager.
I must admit I’ve always had a hidden agenda behind my “give-him-the-benefit-of-the-doubt” attitude towards the Italian.
I’m a life-long Spurs fan and I’ve been holding on to what little hope I can that ‘Arry Redknapp will stay at White Hart Lane for the next 10 years or so.
After one gaffe too many, however, it’s the right time for Capello to go.
There seems to be a pattern with England managers that they either get sacked for poor results, or they end up resigning because of something they said.
It happened to Glenn Hoddle back in 1999 – he’d had a great tenure as the top dog but some ill advised comments meant he had no option but to leave.
With Kevin Keegan and Steve McLaren it was all about poor form, but Sven Goran Eriksson was a completely different kettle of fish. The world and their dog seem to have strong opinions on the Swede one way or another.
Controversially, I thought he was a great England manager and I believe he was treated far too harshly by the press.
He was the subject of a number of scandals, sure, but England went from 17th in the world to fourth under Sven.
His statistics show him to be the second most successful England Manager of all time – only behind Sir Alf Ramsey.
So what about Capello? I think the writing has been on the wall since World Cup 2010, and it’s my opinion that the FA have been waiting for an opportunity to get him out the door without any fuss. Whatever his opinion on the John Terry situation, Capello should have kept it to himself rather than broadcasting it on Italian TV.
It amazes me how some people fail to listen to their inner monologue. There are certain things that we just shouldn’t say out loud but, somehow, we still do.
Do you remember Gerald Ratner in the 1990s? He famously made a speech where he claimed his company’s jewellery was a load of rubbish, and overnight £500m had been wiped of the value of the Ratner group – they folded soon after.
My favourite, however, is George W Bush. Every speech he made contained another humdinger. George W genuinely said: “The most important job is not to be Governor or first lady in my case” – I wonder what Laura had to say about that?