Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ditch Capello for Redknapp Now and We Won't Have a Chance at Euro 2012

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ditch Capello for Redknapp Now and We Won't Have a Chance at Euro 2012

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Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent

[bar] HE frenzy to avoid failure at Euro 2012 has led to rumours resurfacing of Fabio Capello's removal before the tournament begins but such a change would be a calamitous volte-face based on desperation rather than any historical foundation.

Such was the dismay following England's performance against Wales, several pre-eminent colleagues purported the notion Football Association bods were colluding to remove the Italian and install Harry Redknapp.

Commentators opined that Redknapp's arrival cannot come soon enough upon the completion of the qualifying campaign to give the current Tottenham manager around eight months and a few friendlies to ameliorate an alienated squad.

Capello has his faults -- don't we all -- and his poor English makes him an easy target. His garbled diction -- which should be better -- makes him frustratingly difficult to understand when a nation wants answers to complex questions about how to break the cycle of fearing and realising failure.

Capello is evasive and that is his prerogative.

But those who apply his aloof attitude as evidence that he has lost the England dressing room are misguided.

No side that can perform with such conviction and tactical variety as England did in Bulgaria can be fractious. It is the nature of change in football management (and further afield for that matter) that dictates the incumbent's strengths are their predecessor's weaknesses.

Steve McClaren was the players' mate so Capello's iron fist was required. Now Capello is incomprehensible and distant so Redknapp's brand of mediasavvy man-management is the order of the day.

Not quite. This is not to knock Redknapp's candidacy for the role -- he remains the leading, if not the only, candidate -- but more to emphasise that to give him the job before Christmas would be a disaster of timing on all sides.

Of the last 10 managers to win either the World Cup or European Championship, only one was appointed in the year preceding the tournament that they won.

Luiz Felipe Scolari took charge 12 months or so before Brazil won the 2002 World Cup but change was deemed necessary with five qualifying games left and their participation at the finals in serious doubt. …

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