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FA chief puts down English managers

FA chief puts down English managers

No English managers were good enough to be appointed head coach of the national side, FA chief executive Brian Barwick has said.
Italian Fabio Capello, 61, was handed a four-and-a-half year contract by the FA earlier this month, an appointment that has divided opinion among fans, managers and players in England.
Capello, the second overseas coach to manage England following Sven-Goran Eriksson (2001-06), succeeds Steve McClaren who was dismissed after the team failed to qualify for Euro 2008.
"A month ago, I sat in my hotel bedroom in South Africa and tried to work out what makes an England manager," Barwick told yesterday's News of the World.
"I wrote out a template and put it against our current crop of England managers and not one of them ticked all the boxes.
"So the reality is we can't find a suitable English candidate at present.
"It has to be our ambition to have an English boss, but we have to be realistic. This time around we had to get the right man regardless of nationality. And we believe we have done that."
Capello was the only man the FA interviewed for the job which he will start on January 7. His first match is a friendly against Euro 2008 co-hosts Switzerland at Wembley on February 6.
Barwick said he had no doubts that Capello, who enjoyed a glittering career in club management, would have no trouble working with England's high-profile players.
"People ask me how Fabio Capello will deal with the big stars in the England dressing-room," he said.
"Well, whatever he said privately to us will stay private. But if you look at his experience, he has dealt with some of the toughest and most egotistical players in world football and he's won nine titles."
Playing down hopes
Although Barwick touted Capello's credentials, he warned England fans not to expect miracles from the Italian manager.
Both he and director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking are realistic about how far England's stock has fallen and they have ushered in the Capello era with a heavy dose of realism.
"There is no triumphalism," said Barwick. "Fabio Capello knows he has a serious job to do. This is a team that has not qualified for the European Championships."
Brooking said: "We are not getting carried away by the thought that suddenly, because we have Fabio, we will become world beaters, because we will not.
"We have not won anything for 40 years. Let us not expect him to suddenly win us two big championships."
Barwick stressed that Capello had a job to do working on the England team's mental attitude "and what happens when the players cross the white line."
"He needs to do a lot of work on the players' confidence, as well as the ability and tactics."
Barwick added: "We have a set of disaffected supporters. They are fed up with us because we have not qualified for Euro 2008 and because we didn't play especially well during the World Cup.
"We are not just going for a quick-fix. We have a guy who is committed to turning the situation round."


Updated : 2021-08-02 00:08 GMT+08:00