Alan Pardew has been asked about the England manager position a number of times this week, but yesterday he questioned how the FA handled the situation with John Terry.
Fabio Capello - resigned after meeting with FA this week
The FA made the decision to strip John Terry of the England captaincy after it was learned that his trial for racially abusing Anton Fedinand at Loftus Road, would not take place until July, and after the 2012 European Championships.
Alan Pardew wonders just how much Fabio Capello was involved in that decision, because he disagreed with it big time, and that ultimately led to his leaving the England manager position this week.
This is what Alan said about the situation yesterday:
“When you’re going to say the captain is no longer the captain, when that decision is taken, you should be consulted as manager and I’m not sure how much involvement he had.”
“If Mike said to me ‘Colo’s not going to be captain any more’ I’d want to discuss it and go through every little nook and cranny. The same applies to that Spurs job.”
“You can never determine, because the club has a say in that as well, but as far as I’m concerned my focus is very much here.”
“I think it’s important to say that because there will be speculation. That can be very damaging to the players and staff here, so I want to make it very clear to them that I’m staying.”
We would have thought that Fabio Capello was fully involved with the decision, even though he could have been a dissenting voice in the decision.
But you can never accuse the FA of being a smoothly run organization, or doing things in a logical way, so we just don’t know what happened.
But Fabio’s comments last weekend on Italian TV suggested there was a big rift between Capello and the FA, and it didn’t surprise us that much when he announced he was resigning from the position this week.
But it does leave England in a little bit of a quandary as to who to appoint for the upcoming tournament, and they will be creating a short list of candidates today, which is likely to include foreign managers Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink.
Why do England always seem to shoot themselves in the foot before these big tournaments?
But we think if Harry Redknapp is put in charge, he would be able to quickly get the England players together, and we could even have a good tournament for a change.
But the England fans are not always right about choosing the England manager, because there was a huge move to make a certain Kevin Keegan the England manager about 12 years ago.
That was after he had done so brilliantly at Newcastle, but Kevin turned out to be an absolute disaster in the England manager position, and resigned in the dressing room, after Germany beat us 1-0 at Wembley in a 2002 World Cup qualifier on 7th October, 2000.
And it was former Newcastle midfielder Dietmar Hamann who got the only goal of the game after 14 minutes from a free-kick.
Kevin said he didn’t think he was up to the job after he had resigned:
“I really just feel a little bit short of what’s required,” ”I just don’t feel I can find that little bit of extra that you need at this level to find that winning formula.”
England certainly need to do well in Poland and the Ukraine after the completely embarrassing World Cup of a couple of years ago.