Fabio Capello: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

December 15, 2007


He’s ridden into town like Clint Eastwood in some spaghetti western vowing to clean up the mess left by the last inept sherriff with an iron fist and all guns blazing. This is The Good, The Bad And The Ugly starring Fabio Capello.

The Good 

It goes without saying that Capellos cv is as good if not better than any other manager in world football. I believe that the FA and Brian Barwick would have be negligent in their duty had they not employed this man once he made himself available. The national team is bereft of ideas, full of over inflated egos and in desperate need of the big stick treatment. It will be fascinating to watch players who think their place is a right because you can buy an England shirt from JJB with their name and number on the back (this nonsense MUST stop by the way) faced with a man who doesn’t give a shit for their unearned reputation.

David Beckham was unfit and unable to play for Real Madrid, England or even LA Galaxy when Capello dropped him unceremoniously from Madrids side. Beckham knew Capello was right, learnt his lesson, went away and got fit and produced 3 months of his best ever football taking Madrid to the La Liga title. If Capello is able to man manage the 12 or 13 English players with genuine talent (while avoiding injuries) and mould them in his vision then whisper it quietly England could genuinely challenge for the world cup in 2010.

The Bad 

The clue was in the last sentance, “12 or 13 English players with genuine talent”. What will Capello make of his first training session when he sees Wayne “one foot” Bridge or David “no pace” Nugent go through their paces? He’ll watch Premiership games desperate to see something resembling English talent outside the current squad and be met by Marcus Bent and his type as the only alternative. He could well resign before the first game. Capellos success has been built on utilising the best Italy, Spain and the world had to offer. You can shout, scream and intimidate a donkey but it will never become Desert Orchid.

Unfortunately Capello isn’t English. International football should as Gareth Southgate said mean English players, English Manager, English kitman top to bottom. The FA however aren’t breaking any rules so while I would have loved to see Redknapp and Adams begin an era of English management to take us through the next ten years, Capello is the best alternative. Will he care about the grass roots of the English game? Of course not he’ll be long gone by the time todays kids are breaking in to the England team for 2018. The FA must appoint an Englishman to work independently putting our youth structure right.

The Ugly

Having made an appointment that couldn’t really have been argued against the FA once again managed to mess up. Why oh why did they have to offer so much money and a four and a half year contract? Did they not learn from Sven? Are they so unsure of themselves that they couldn’t have stood firm with a two year contract based on performance? Get us to the World Cup Finals and you get your bonus. Win it and you can have Lancaster Gate, anything but not this. If he gets it wrong he walks away richer and we’re still stuffed, unbelievable.

I hope Fabio can add “successfull international manager” to his cv in 4 and half years time, I hope he has the luck needed to win something for England but in reality I feel we are going to be in this same place in 2 years time. He won’t be able to round up a strong enough possee from the available hombres to complete his task. Fabio will ride out of town with his bags full of the towns loot and the sound of gunfire from the angry locals ringing in his ears.


2 Responses to “Fabio Capello: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly”

  1. FPB Says:

    hi d
    liked the spaghetti western treatment. i think we’re all a bit unsure about this but let’s just hope he’s not just in it for a few dollars more and does actually achieve something with our pampered players. more thoughts back at the blog of course.

    ps found the stuff on your father’s time as a pow very moving. some of those messages were so humble but utterly human. i was fascinated to read it all d.

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