Fabio Capelloâ€™s England tenure began on Monday when he gave his squad a list of rules.
Fabio Capello – disciplined start to his new regime
From what we can see, the rules seem to make a lot of sense, and discipline is always a necessary commodity for a winning team. If you donâ€™t have it off the field, how can you have it on the field, when everything is at stake?
The rules include the following:
- A ban on visitors, including agents and friends, from the team hotel in Hertfordshire.
- Players must eat at the same table.
- They have to be on time for meals.
- No walking around in shorts and flip-flops.
- They must wear England track suits instead and suits and ties to games.
- No mobile phones in public areas.
- A ban on the ‘PlayStation culture’.
We remember when the great Sir Bobby Robson took over at Newcastle United in September, 1999 – he ordered all team members to eat lunch together at the training headquarters. Apparently under Ruud Gullit once training was over, the players went their own ways â€“ not good for team spirit.
Of course Bobby built tremendous team spirit at the club, and he rescued Newcastle that season from relegation. His efforts have really not received the praise for what the man achieved that season almost single-handedly. Bobby was just fantastic.
Back to England, and it looks to us that Fabio is a very impressive. no nonsense football manager, who is just determined to be successful.
It will be interesting to see how the England game against Switzerland goes tomorrow night, and we’ll have a report on the game tomorrow on our site. We’ve also just heard that Steven Gerrard has been handed the captaincy for the first match under the new England manager.
Letâ€™s hope Michael starts, scores and comes through the game uninjured.