After a few days of uncertainty, England coach Fabio Capello will board the plane for South Africa reassured over his future.
The speculation surrounding Capello has been left to simmer for the time being as he instigates a re-group. The chairman he signed the original deal with jumped ship, and he needed to secure a safety harness. His decision to sign along the dotted line means that there is no probation period following the world cup (the two weeks after the final during which he may leave or the FA may ask him to leave with no questions asked). Capello is signed until the Europian finals in 2012 are done, and unless he is laid off (for what one can only assume will be another very English performance) he will be sticking around.
What of Inter Milan? Well it seems that Fabio could certainly still have the option as there is no-one else inline for the thrown, and it seems that he’s managed to meneavre himself into a position the likes of Sven Goran Eriksson and Steve McClaren have heldbefore. If he is “fired” he can expect the rest of his contract’s worth leaving the FA digging around in their savings accounts for the tidy sum of £12 million. Talk about your fixer upper.
My main concern is the tactical approach Capello could be taking towards this whole scenario. Two managers in a row have been pushed away early, and maybe he’s expecting it to happen again.. all I can say is that it’s down to the FA to call his bluff. Win, lose or draw, we’ve got to hold on to this manager. Even if you discount the money it’s a known fact that a manager needs time to settle in to a club and it’s inner workings: if we can keep him around for a couple of years (as is the plan so far) then we’ll be laughing. It’s worth the gamble after 44 years and counting.
One of his early decisions for this years finals is the exclusion of up and coming superstar Theo Walcott (one of English footballs greatest financial investments). Fabio said at the start of this campaign that some of the key factors were fitness and regularity of play. You look at players like Ledley King, Joe Cole and Emile Heskey (who between them have played very few games (due to injury for the first two on the list) and wonder where it all levels out.
Here’s hoping, lads.