Fabio Capello In Disciplined Start at England

Fabio Capello’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 don’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 – 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.

Let’s hope Michael starts, scores and comes through the game uninjured.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • iain

    Feb 5, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #1

    it will work becuase capello has the balls to drop anyone who doesnt do as he says.

  • Ed Harrison

    Feb 5, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Iain – you are so right.

  • iain

    Feb 5, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #3

    capello will love stuart pearce wouldnt surpise me if he insisted on the same rules for the u21s.

  • Chicken

    Feb 5, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #4

    Everyone keep everything crossed that little Mickey O comes through the game unscathed – if we lose him then we really are in trouble.

  • Leo*

    Feb 5, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #5

    playstation culture? what is that

  • Marty

    Feb 5, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Leo,thats where the likes of the butts n milners try to show terry n ferdinand that they actually know what to do with the ball,lol

  • Leo*

    Feb 5, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #7


  • arctoa

    Feb 5, 2008 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Common sense, these rules are. It will work because, as people have said already, Capello will drop anyone who doesn’t follow these. It seems like reputations mean nothing at all to him, and that is the way it should be. He’s the boss, what he says goes.


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