As we reported earlier this morning, England manager Fabio Capello has given a long interview in the December issue of FIFA’s official magazine, and he reveals it was a childhood dream of his to manage England, the home of football.
Fabio Capello – childhood dream to manage England
Fabio talked about England in FIFA’s magazine:
“I want to give England a little taste of Latin football from France, Italy, Greece and Spain, and even from Portugal and Croatia.” “All of these countries have dominated the European Championship and World Cup in the last 10 years, with the notable exception of the World Cup in 2002 when Brazil came out on top.”
“English football has not been just about ‘kick and rush’ or ‘put the ball in the box’ for many years now. I want a compact English team. Whether we win or lose, the most important thing is that we have a team on the pitch and not just a group of players.”
“It was a childhood dream of mine to take the England job.” “For me, the English have always been the teachers of our sport, the ones who took the game to the rest of the world.” “In 2000, Howard Wilkinson, who at the time was England’s interim coach, asked me whether I would be interested in taking over, but in the end the FA chose Sven Goran Eriksson.”
“It wouldn’t have been the right time for me anyway, but now I am eager and determined to help England rediscover the spirit that they once had as the teachers of football.” “We have to rediscover the fighting spirit that English football has always been famous for.” “More importantly though, we have to get over this absurd fear of playing at Wembley, where criticism from the crowd has often paralyzed the team in recent years.”
“I can remember the ‘lion’s roar’ of Wembley, but recently that roar has turned into boos and moans because of the team’s disappointing performances and results.” “We will play more attractive football when we have more confidence.”
When Newcastle sacked Graeme Souness in February, 2006, Fabio said he was interested in the Newcastle job, and he certainly has a terrific record in club management.
But Martin O’Neill was the manager we tried to get in, but he never ever accepted the job or seemed too keen, and Glenn Roeder did so well through the end of the 2005-2006 season that he got the job full time.
He was sacked one year later, and since then (May, 2007) we’ve had three other managers – Allardyce, Keegan and now Kinnear.
What a way to run a football club.