News today in the People that Newcastle legend, Alan Shearer, and current England U21 manager Stuart Pearce are the two top candidates to become Fabio Capello’s England protege.
Alan Shearer – England manager in waiting?
Whoever is chosen will take over the England team when Capello leaves after the 2012 European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine.
The English FA want Capello’s successor to be identified now, and brought on board to learn the ropes over the next couple of years, prior to them taking over the England management.
Senior officials at the FA have let Fabio know that the next England boss will be English – and it’s about time – maybe then we’ll see the passion in our players that almost every other country showed at the World Cup this summer.
The England players were hopeless, and we’ll leave it at that, because we’ve got nothing good to say about them.
The FA want Capello to groom a homegrown successor, and Pearce has to be the big favorite, although he hasn’t proven he can hack it at club level, although Alan has just 8 games experience in managing Newcastle.
And we find it hard to believe that Capello would want Shearer, who has torn the Italian to bits in his press columns about the England surrender in South Africa, but it’s the FA’s choice not Fabio’s.
Former Manchester City manager and Newcastle player Pearce, is certain to get Capello’s vote, but many in the FA think that Alan Shearer is the right man.
Given how Jürgen Klinsmann did with Germany four years ago, and how well Diego Maradona did with Argentina this summer, that may be a good assessment, as neither had any management experience before they took over their National sides – and both were top players for their countries – like the great Alan Shearer was for England with 30 goals in 63 appearances.
Shearer has had a little management experience at Newcastle, but the Geordie legend failed to keep Newcastle from being relegated over a year ago, and he has been concentrating on TV work this last year, but if he got the call from England, he would clearly take the position.
Capello has a two day meeting this coming week with the FA, and this item will be on the agenda, and maybe there will be news soon, about who the England manager in waiting over the next couple of years will be.
If the England FA think that Shearer is the right man – we would hope that Shearer is big enough to sit down with the Italian and work out a good relationship with the manger – for the good of the country – and it will be a terrific chance for Shearrer to learn from a world-class manager.
Since 1991, Capello has managed AC Milan (twice), Real Madrid (twice), , Roma and Juventus before taking over the England manager job in December of 2007, after the hapless Steve McClaren was sacked.
Whether Capello would be an easy guy to work with is a different matter.
Alan being a successful manager at England would be great, before he returns to manage Newcastle United – his home town club.
Thats’ going to happen in the future – it’s not if but when.