ENGLAND — Following the FA’s decision to remove the captaincy of the England National Team from John Terry as he awaits the aftermath of racism charges, England’s manager Fabio Capello has resigned. Capello who openly criticized the Football Association’s decision recently on Italian television, came under fire from fans. But FA chairman David Bernstein expressed his satisfaction with Capello’s professionalism during his time as England Manager.
The resignation comes only months away from the 2012 European Championships which has to disappoint fans. Some players expressed their regret like Jack Wilshere and Kyle Walker who both made their first starts for England under Capello.
Capello was signed at the end of 2007, and his contract wasn’t set to expire until after the completion of the Euro 2012. Prior to the announcement, the FA had Harry Redknapp, current Tottenham Hotspur manager, in line to take over. While Redknapp is likely still the favorite, that would mean leaving Tottenham when they are so close to qualifying for next year’s Champion’s League.
Manchester United star striker Wayne Rooney has called for Redknapp to takeover. Redknapp, who has had a long career in football management, only cleared of charges against him for tax evasion earlier this morning. Incredibly convenient that his five-year long case should finally be settled only within hours of Capello’s resignation breaking.
Given the tough position Redknapp is in with Tottenham’s season, it is still not a shoe in for the England gig. Stay tuned as the FA will hold a media conference tomorrow at noon (GMT) from Wembley Stadium. No more comments are expected from their office until that time.