Sack Capello And Give Players Like Taylor And Carroll A Chance


After the England team embarrassed the nation yesterday, the English FA must take a good hard long look at the English set-up,  and at the very least bring in a new manager.

Fabio Capello – must go

They also have to pick England players on their performances for England rather than how they play for their clubs and if that happens it may look a very strange England side.

Capello sealed his fate as England manager yesterday by defiantly bringing on Emile Heskey after 71 minutes when England were 4-1 down, and needed at least 3 goals in 19 minutes to save the game – and needed players on the field who could score goals.

We wonder what Peter Crouch thought at that moment?

Peter has 21 goals in 40 games for England,  but never even played during this World Cup, and Emile Heskey has just 7 goals in 62 games for England and couldn’t even get his starting place at Aston Villa last season.

So you see what we mean about Capello’s logic – there wasn’t any – and he must go so that England can start to recover from this debacle.  Capello has said he will not resign so we will have to wait for the English FA to see what they will do.

But the feeling in England is so strong at the moment, that we half expect the England players to be booed when they return to London’s Heathrow Airport,  and if that happens the FA can hardly keep Fabio on board.

And after all,  he was completely and utterly out-coached by Joachim Löw yesterday.

An FA source in South Africa told the Evening Chronicle today:

“There’s every chance of new blood getting their opportunity in the next couple of years, especially with an important European Championship qualifying campaign coming up.”

“There was plenty of hunger displayed by some of the younger German players in the round of 16 meeting with England and that will now be seriously considered.”

“There’s a chance to be had for the younger players at all of the Premier League clubs and some of them are already in an excellent position if they’re in the England Under-21 squad.”

As we reported earlier today there should be chances given to our two young top English players Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor at the Newcastle club, and as we said before England players should be chosen for how they perform for England and not for their clubs.

Andy Carroll is ready to be capped by England, and they had better do it soon before Scotland hijacks the player, and Steven’s performances as captain of the England U21 side showed he has the mettle and character to be a top England player – especially when England’s central defense looks so weak right now.

We know the current England players play great for their clubs,  but it’s how they play when they wear that England shirt that’s important, and we’ve realized once again there’s a huge difference in the way they play for England – in short they are hopeless when wearing the England shirt.

Some of our players have proved far too often that they just don’t have the heart to play for England, and they shouldn’t be selected any more.

Only when players are picked that way, will England have players like Germany had yesterday – men only too willing to fight it out for their country and play at their very best – when it really matters.

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57 comments so far

  • toonsy

    Jun 28, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Bit of a kneejerk reaction. Whilst things have to change, is it right to sack the manager? Can the FA afford to sack the manager with his £12 million payoff?

    I think a lot depends on his mantra going forward. If he wants to rip the team apart and start from fresh by building a team for 2014, the fine, let him do it. If it’s same old same old then it’s obvious we will just tread the same path, and then things will have to change.

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  • Thump

    Jun 28, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #2

    “Must go”? You’re having a laugh, Ed.

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  • southerngeordie

    Jun 28, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed, i respect you greatly and find most of your posts spot, however with this one you are completely wrong!

    Us england supporters are always looking for a scapegoat – whether it be a fresh-faced beckham kicking out at an Argie, a winking winger like Ronaldo or a dodge lineo that managed to miss the ball cross the line by half a meter – we love to point the blame and yet again we have identified another manager as the problem. So like always, we sack the manager, new guys comes in takes time to build up squad, go to another competition, lots of expectation, promise and battle cries and then yet again, fall flat on our arse.

    NO NO NO – i’m sorry but we can’t go down this route again – how many times have we seen this happen at Newcastle – new manager, same problems.

    At the end of the day it is simply down to the players on the pitch – the manager can only do so much. The current squad is full of overpaid, under performing prima-donnas – all they had to do was concentrate for 6 bloody weeks but in a little effort, show a little heart and commitment and they would of walked it – they have the ability but not dedication. Instead – they whined when he made them train to hard, complained about the media pressure and moaned that they missed their page 3 WAGS – seriously most of their GF’s can be seen flashing their t*ts in most lads mags – they could of taken a copy of Nuts magazine spent 5mins in the loo a day and then got back to training – instead “We miss them, I want my wife, gf, mistress blah, blah – RUBBISH!!

    The players are to blame – they weren’t committed enough, they weren’t positive enough – Capello did everything right in preparing these guys. If we were the world class players they think they are they would risen to the challenge instead they failed miserably and because of it we are going to loose the best coach we have had for years.

    I do agree that the likes of Taylor and Carroll need to be brought into the fold – however in order to succeed we need Capello – not the current squad.

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  • SameOldShearer

    Jun 28, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #4

    The blokes done it consistently and won nearly everything in the game. His tactics were canny poo at times and lacked flexibility yes but how many managers are we going to go through before we realise that the only real constants in englands enduring failure are the FA themselves and the ridiculous press who we all claim to despise yet still allow to colour our views. The whole set-up of the English game needs to change from top to bottom. English players get flogged to death in the prem, carling cup, fa cup, europe games and pointless friendlies and then expected to turn up at tournaments with no ill effects. No amount of wage can change that as they are still humans with limits.
    Why are we only now talking of limiting foreign players in 2010? Why are kids coached in the way they are and picked on the basis of speed and size over technique? I’ve seen myself kids who develop physically earlier than others stand out and get the opportunities yet when we all levelled out at around 18, they were useless as their technique wasn’t up to it. Had smaller technical players been given their opportunity, they have the capability to flourish with the higher quality of training and facility.
    Capello annoyed me like everyone with his pig-headedness and selection of heskey etc.. but hes not the root cause for me. Theres a lack of young talent and poor infrastructure with politicians and arrogant ‘suits’ in the association that runs the our game

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  • boater

    Jun 28, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #5

    I’m on the fence here. Yes, it’s the players ultimately – and england do tend to cull a scapegoat and think that solves everything BUT Capello failed to motivate this bunch for whatever reason. It’s 2 years till the next tournament – which is a long time to wait for capello to redeem himself.

    After germany’s humiliating WC in 2002 – they took stock by investing in the youth academies, as well as the coaching and management set up.

    It’s not just carroll and taylor – there is a host of young talent coming through – delph, moses, muamba, gosling, rodwell, wickham, hart, rose, wilshere, onuoha – it’s keeping these players together as a unit at international level.. so re-instating the B team set up for england for example. Build a team over time – not just throw together the english players from the top 6 sides and cross your fingers that they reproduce club form to paper over all the cracks.

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  • ginkoh

    Jun 28, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Are you serious !? A lot of Top English Youngsters there waiting for their chance in National team. Surely Carrol and Taylor, Both of them will get the chance to impress but first they have to do their job with Newcastle next season if they do well, I don’t see why not ? But now it’s too early.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jun 28, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Capello got it so wrong in the tournament as we never really got going. I don’t know what he got wrong, but i dont get 6 million a year.

    We all have opinions on players and formations but whatever capello did simply didnt work. How many times can we get caught out at the back post in a game before the manager does something about it….3 times it happened and even then we didnt do anything to stop it.

    As for Carroll and Taylor, Carroll definately. Heskey is too old and an awful player and Carlton Cole was again showed promise then fizzled out.

    Taylor im not too sure, as i can see rio and terry still being in there for the next few years and i think dawson and shawcorss are ahead of taylor at the moment.

    Now to sacking Capello….well you headhunt an expensive foreign manager and the first tournament is a disaster…hmmm. Id see Redknapp or Hodgson come in in a heartbeat, but if we are going foreign again just stick with capello.

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  • MacToon

    Jun 28, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #8

    This is getting beyond a joke, wise up, we got into the last 16, we could have squared the match before half time and that would have changed the whole dynamics of the game but it wasn’t to be and then we got caught on the counter when we were going for the equaliser when it should have been all square.

    You have blamed Keegan in the past for failing NUFC and then Shearer and now you turn on Capello, there is a pattern forming and to me it is way over the top.

    OK changes need to be made and someone needs to have the bottle to drop the “untouchables”, if Capello will do this then fine, if not changing manager now will cost alot and who’s to say anyone else will be better! G Taylor or McClown for example!

    Atleast we got to the wc finals.

    Totally over the top reaction IMHO!

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  • MacToon

    Jun 28, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Oh and push Carroll for England lmao, he hasn’t even had a season in the prem!

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  • geordielad880

    Jun 28, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #10

    This could be a good side for the euro’s good balance of youth and experience

    ————————–hart

    onouha——–dawson——–terry——–a.cole

    ————————–rodwell

    ————gerrard—————–j cole

    bentley—————————————a.johnson

    ————————-rooney

    With other players in the squad like gosling, wiltshire, jagielka, milner, ashley young, agbonlahor, sturridge, etc

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  • geordielad880

    Jun 28, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #11

    I agree with southerngeordie, thats now newcastle ended up where we are now, my keep sacking managers, the players are to blame mainly, yes capello made mistakes, but he is only human, i think they will me making a big mistake by sacking him

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  • geordielad880

    Jun 28, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #12

    And also on carroll, he aint good enough and never will be good enough, lacks pace, first touch and awareness, and balance, he is just a big strong lad, who the championship suited, hope im proven wrong, but i doubt i will, will score 7-8 goals next season in my opinion

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  • sjc07

    Jun 28, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #13

    Surly not? Sack him? As Newcastle fans have we not all experienced what happens when managers fall victim of over rated clowns? It’s not long since the country hailed Capello as our saviour….I think we have short memories. Sure, he made mistakes in tactics and played some out of position, but when these players are asked to do something different for their clubs they do it and do it well. They do not show the same desire for England and for pretty much 8 years England have relied on the same core of players. I agree we need to freshen things up, and there is a wealth of young talent in this country. Look at Adam Johnson! In 12 months he has gone from almost unknown to being part of the most expensively assembled team in the premiership.

    Gerrard, Lampard, James, Heskey, Terry, Johnson, Barry all need to go and we need another target man desperately and if that is young Andy, happy days. I am sure moving forward talent like Onouha, Wilshire, Moses, Gosling & Rodwell will fill the gaps left.

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  • Xenarious

    Jun 28, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Both Taylor and Carroll need to prove themselves this season in the Premiership as consistent players that show good form. Good form is essential to being picked by Capello.

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  • Ericles

    Jun 28, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Some good ideas sjc07. Add Rooney to that group too. And any other player that the media shout for as well. Another point is that we lost nowhere near the number of top players Gemany did prior to the finals and they still beat us. We need more than a spring clean but making a scapegoat out of Capello will not improve matters.

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  • snoutshuffler

    Jun 28, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Mactoon @ 8 – Steady on, you’ll have the “Ed brigade” on at you for saying something slightly negative about him 😉

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  • MacToon

    Jun 28, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #17

    snoutshuffler, lol, I noticed since the blog restarted he’s become alot more controversial and opinionated, wonder if it’s to do with getting hits? Also getting as bad as NOTW, etc. but still better than .org.

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  • snoutshuffler

    Jun 28, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #18

    MacToon – Nah .org is alright, I read both in fairness, although I never really comment on there, in fact I rarely comment on here to be fair, perhaps once or twice a day if I feel the need.

    Different horses for different courses on wither site I guess. How come it’s so bad on there? I dunno, don’t really read below the end of the articles personally.

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  • snoutshuffler

    Jun 28, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #19

    *either, not ‘wither’

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  • MacToon

    Jun 28, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #20

    snoutshuffler, I’m happy to express my opinion and listen to others opinions but can’t stand people who think they are always right and others are wrong, .org was started by someone just like that so have very little time for it.

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  • snoutshuffler

    Jun 28, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #21

    MacToon – Oh is that that workyticket? Have to admit I haven’t seen an articelf rom him for a while now, mainly it’s someone called toony? seems to do ok?

    I don’t really know the background behind it all and just found both and started reading them both like

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  • aguero10

    Jun 28, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #22

    Carroll and Taylor are far from good enough for England at this stage

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  • MacToon

    Jun 28, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #23

    Yep, np’s, Toonsy and especially BBM do ok and seems to be the Toonsy blog now anyway, I at times surf all kinds of football news but my preference has always been here for a blog, Ed has been dedicated to the cause for a long time now and cotroversial threads always cause reations I suppose 🙂
    Click on the link on my name, can be a really good read at times and got alot of respect for those lads too.

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  • snoutshuffler

    Jun 28, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #24

    True Faith? Part of the furniture nowadays arent they? Good read, but they do have a certain slant to them, which I agree with. We are going neewhere with Ashley in charge 🙁

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  • gunnarnufc

    Jun 28, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #25

    “Sack Capello And Give Players Like Taylor And Carroll A Chance”.

    I’m not sure if they have the manager experience needed.

    🙁

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  • MacToon

    Jun 28, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #26

    lol, snoutshuffler, yeah, it’s refreshing that I can read so many articles from 1 site and agree with most of it and that there are still true supporters that won’t be bullied, tricked, mugged, taken for idiots (or however you want to say it)by the owners by blindly following NUFC.
    I’ve been in self-exile from SJP 🙁 for too long now but won’t be taken in by this regime.

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  • Wud die for Aberystwyth Town FC

    Jun 28, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #27

    AHHHH SAME OLD ENGLAND!!!! Here we go again “Should have done this, should have done that,” lads face it you were not good enough at the end of the day, simple as!!!

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  • snoutshuffler

    Jun 28, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #28

    Oh aye, thought about staying away meself like, but renewed my season ticket anyway. I just block Ashley out nowadays and support the team. Been going for years befor he came and will be around for years after he goes (well hopefully) so balls to him.

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  • MacToon

    Jun 28, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #29

    Well it is my choice and believe me I’ve been tempted back a few times but will wait and see if he invests in the team, club etc. I’m not gonna chuck money his way so he can spend it elsewhere….. and that’s only my opinion but haven’t seen anything yet to change it.
    To think it wasn’t long ago we were linked with the likes of Modric, Arshavin etc. and now with Bolton rejects, how times change but I’m still 100% B&W, have been for decades and hopefully will be for decades to come.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jun 28, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #30

    MacToon – Caroll hasnt had a season in the prem and yet scored the same amount of goals in our relegation season heskey did last season.

    And if you beleive Carroll will score 7-8 go0als this season then thats not bad for a young player in a team that will be fighting relegation.

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  • Howay The Lads

    Jun 28, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #31

    I completely agree with the ‘block Ashley out’ view. I admit I was at the protests last year, but have just given up really. The best we can hope for is we have a decent season, he sells up (to a Geordie billionaire who doesn’t want to be paid back by the club) and we spend decent amounts and eventually win the league 😀

    Well I can dream…

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  • CAToon

    Jun 28, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #32

    Perhaps Capello’s tactics were wrong, but what I saw on the pitch throughout the group phase and the last game were eleven players who believed it was their right to play for England, not a privilege. No matter the coach, when players work with an entitlement mentality, and not a hunger to win, defeat is assured.

    With the talent England fielded, to come away with a draw against the U.S. and Algeria, can one honestly say the team deserved to go on.

    The blown call against Germany is simply the football gods making right what should have taken place during the group phase.

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  • MacToon

    Jun 28, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #33

    Robby Bobson, was just trying to point out that it’s maybe a bit premature to be pushing carroll for an England place when maybe a season or two in the prem will give him some vital experience.

    Something not pointed out about England is that not one player plays abroad, we did have Hargreaves from the German league but no other player has had any experience elsewhere (Beckham too ‘spose) and if they had it would probably have helped, abit of the opposite of what people have said about our players having better foreign players around them.

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  • G

    Jun 28, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #34

    I have tried to keep quiet on this one, as I still feel a little sick over the result, or more specifically, the score. I expected the result, I just didn’t expect us to be disgraced so badly. Capello is one of the best tactical managers in the world. Unfortunately for him, he has to manage a team full of the ‘good lads network’ according to the FA. This list includes Lampard, Gerald, Ferdinand, Terry, Rooney and Ashley Cole. The way I see it, Capello should have took more brave decisions the way he did with Owen, and ask him to prove it all over. Lampard has been a shambles throughout the tournament (although to be fair, he looked much better against Germany), so he should have been dropped. Gerald is in no way a left winger, although yesterday he went all out for individual glory, therefore, I would make that his last England game. Terry / Ferdinand (when uninjured) are too slow. This leaves only Rooney (mentally shattered from carrying the hopes of a nation?) and Ashley Cole (debateably the best LB in the world?) worthy of selection. We really need to be looking at a new core of players to build the team around. Lets have Milner in the middle for starters. MON showed at Villa what he is capable of there. Lets see more CB’s selected on ability rather than who they play for. We need to be looking at a team under or about 25 in order to prepare for 2012. Yes, there will be exceptions in the over 30 bracket, but again, lets look at form first, and age second. Capello is the man to take us forward. Sam Allardyce for England anybody?… didn’t think so.

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  • peterjoicey

    Jun 28, 2010 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #35

    Not yet Ed, its the players being poor not the manager. He needs to see off the “Golden” generation and let the new wave of players come through. Taxi for Terry, Barry, Heskey, Defoe, Upsom, Ferdinand, Johnson, Lampard and Gerrard.

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  • MacToon

    Jun 28, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #36

    G, agree with most u say, time for a new start and someone with the b411s to do it, Capello could be that man, shame he seemed to just extend Sven’s team.

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  • G

    Jun 28, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #37

    MacToon @ 36. I believe the ‘extending to Sven’s team’ was more to do with the FA signing T-Shirt and Memorabilia (crap?) deals some months before the competition, hence the ‘good lads network’ expression. Although Capello and Sven’s tactics seem very similarly defensive with no plan B.

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  • boater

    Jun 28, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #38

    Ah lads, lads. International management is NOT the same as club management. You can’t apply the ‘knee jerk’ argument it’s very different. The world cup comes once every 4 years and Capello had his chance and failed so badly that we are now left disgraced and needing to go and look at the very grass roots of our game.

    Geordie lad 880 – I’m sorry mate ‘he’s human he makes mistakes’ is pretty comical attempt at brushing off the worst tournament showing in the history of english football. 6 mil a year means you don’t make mistakes – and if you do then you don’t repeat them over and again – heskey’s inclusion , lampard/gerrard played together, persevering with an unfit rooney.

    I don’t know if that is more ridiculous than you having John Terry in your future line up- the very symbol of where we have gone wrong as a team of agonizingly slow and wheezing, try-hards who get skinned by the opposition’s modern technical passing game.

    When I hear John Terry lauding himself up – and playing the national chest beating hero it almost makes me want us to lose just so he doesn’t ever wear an english shirt again. I want to see technical, fit clever players who go about their business with class and some humility, not the tabloid chav millionaire heroes – who think shouting louder makes you more likely to win.

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  • nabil the toon

    Jun 28, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Capello must stay, fu****g players did not play as a team

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  • Howay The Lads

    Jun 28, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #40

    But he’s not failing if the players can’t string two passes together in a row!

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