Thursday, December 13, 2007

Capello For England

It looks like it's just a matter of dotting some I's and crossing some T's and Fabio Capello will be the next coach for he English national team. It's hard to see any problems with this appointment at this time.

Nevertheless it leaves me wondering if any of the members of the FA board have taken responsibility for things coming to this. After Sven's tenure was done, they got their panties in a bunch over appointing an English coach. And at that they decided upon a coach, Steve McClaren whose performance at Middlesbrough was at best average. That should have been evident before the board decided to hire him.

Worse there were moments like this one [link] where McClaren may have been making excuses for his inability to take a very talented group of players and get them to qualify. Not necessarily win every game or even place first in the group but surely there was enough talent, experience and know-how in the squad to get England to qualify for Euro08.

What's the point? Why haven't any heads on the board rolled? Or at least why haven't they shown that they've learned from their mistake of approving McClaren and are better for it? I don't question that Capello is a good choice. Fabio is a wonderful choice for the job. But at this point you have to wonder if they're doing it because of the quality he brings to the job or simply that they're going for a big name to distract from their inability to judge quality.

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