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It's Not Terry's, It's Mine
Capello's Man Management Again Wanting
Posted Mar 25, 2011 by John Casson
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Last week, we ran a piece noting that John Terry’s appointment as England captain on a permanent basis would be a good choice, simply due to the passion he displays every time that he steps onto the pitch. However, there have been concerns raised by everyone from Rio Ferdinand (understandably rather peeved at his treatment in the whole affair) to Alan Hansen (noting the potential impact in the dressing room) The main problem, as ever, seems to be Fabio Capello’s inability to deal with his players in the correct manner.
Rio Ferdinand, in particular, has more than sufficient cause to be furious at his international boss. The initial rumours regarding the captaincy were apparently brought to the attention of a journalist when he bumped into Capello at the airport, the England boss simply offering up his musings on the position before notifying Ferdinand, Terry or even Gerrard (the other man who has more than done the armband justice since Terry was demoted). The first Rio Ferdinand hears of the matter is via the papers.
Capello has never ever relied on a personal touch, his messages instead going out to the players via the coach Franco Baldini. The lack of direct communication might work in other countries, but with players like Terry and Rooney who posses a genuine fire it might well come across as insulting. It also means the English team are surrounded by an element of uncertainty at all times, and Capello’s actions regarding the captaincy will do little to alleviate this.
When he stripped Terry of the captaincy, Capello stated that the defender would not wear the band again whilst the Italian was still in charge. A little over a year later, and the manager has conclusively gone back on his word, for no real obvious reason. Considering that in the mean-time both Gerrard and Ferdinand have played as skipper in a dignified and efficient manner, it is no wonder that the Manchester United defender has reacted with such apparent anger. Gerrard, as ever, has remained impeccably mannered regarding the matter, but no-one would blame him if he had not.
Before the World Cup, there was a national confidence in Capello following England’s excellent qualifying campaign. Making such a controversial call as he has made would have been risky at that point: with the England national side’s morale at it’s lowest ebb, he has once again treated a potentially delicate situation with no subtlety at all, and could well have isolated one of England’s strongest performers.