The Capello Way

Yet again it is time I let another thing off my chest which has bugged me for a long time.

It really annoys me the number of people within the game of football and who supposedly follow the game yet they have an opinion frankly of a 5-year-old.

Narrow minded, quick to judge and more importantly extremely quick to jump on the band wagon and have the people from the teams or countries they apparently support.

This time I am talking about how easily people appear to have changed their tune about a certain Fabio Capello.

It really does disgust me that now England have achieved a short term aim he is the savour of English football yet turn it back to firstly his appointment in December 2007 and he was an enemy within the ranks and after a friendly (yes a friendly) against the Czech Republic he was the devil personified.

It is very immature to judge a man especially with the track record of such a great coach for many of the games great clubs as well as a playing career littered with success.

How dare they do this?

It is simple, firstly the media are extremely quick in this country to put anyone down especially the person chosen to guide the national team at its national game. Secondly people in so called positions of responsibility spit their dummies out over any little thing he has done, namely Harry Redknapp, are you bitter because you didn’t get the job Harry?

I think so. It truly is pathetic. Time they all grew up, including many of the fans and began to educate themselves on the beautiful game of football.

How to do that you may ask! Many football fans are knowledgeable and intelligent enough to have followed the game over many levels, domestic, european, amateur, women’s, sunday league, south american. This list could go on forever.

I think the people out there who are reading this will realise who they are and need to take a long, hard look at themselves and move into the 21st Century.

Capello is one of the greatest coaches in the modern game. His disciplined, tactical and methodical approach had allowed many of his teams namely A.C. Milan, AS Roma and Real Madrid to achieve overnight success and set the precedent for years to come.

When he accepted the England position he knew, I knew and informed people in and around the game knew we could not create overnight success but yet many felt they had to jump at him and criticise from afar and as he said himself;

“You can make conclusions if you like, but for me the road is very long. Very, very long.”

How right he was, as the national side under his stewardship is beginning to take shape and we as a national should be hopeful of a fruitful World Cup in South Africa next year.

Capello’s record with England boasts 14 wins from 18 games whilst the under 21 team reached last years European Championship final under Stuart Pearce, who is obviously learning a vast amount from Capello.

I personally think the list below speaks for itself, wouldn’t you agree?

  • Serie A Title (A.C. Milan) 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96
  • Supercoppa Italia (A.C. Milan) 1992, 1993, 1994
  • UEFA Champions League (A.C. Milan) 1993-94
  • European Super Cup (A.C. Milan) 1994
  • Serie A Title (AS Roma) 2000-01
  • Supercoppa Italia (AS Roma) 2001
  • Serie A Title (Juventus) 2004-05, 2005-06 (Later revoked)

  • La Liga Title (Real Madrid) 1996-97, 2006-07
  • Serie A (Juventus) Coach of the year 2005

Next time those out there want to speak and be over critical during a time of development or jump on the band wagon to knock someone down in the stages or re-development and progress as many did with Capello then use this as a lesson to you.

Good luck in the next 10 months Fabio, I hope you can add the World Cup to your list of honours the only question is; how many English fans, media and Harry Redknapp types deserve to see us lift the trophy?

Cheers for reading as usual.


P.s. Good luck to the women’s national team for the game against Germany which kicks off at 5pm tonight. Come on England do us proud!!

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