Fabio maybe beside himself with rage but he only has himself to blame for England’s latest humiliation.
The Three Lions were rubbish in the World Cup, we all know that. Rob Green would be top of most people’s gaffe of the tournament lists and England’s worst player list, although he does face some competition for that one. But does the England manager need to put his name to detailed analysis of each player’s ineptness on the internet for the world to see?
It all smacks of a handy retirement hobby introduced a few years early by the 64-year-old. On the face of it the website, which measures a player’s performance and complies it into a percentage score, is a good one that adds to the already rich pool of football statistics available.
But why send the site live on the eve of the World Cup – as was originally intended – when you are still the manager of a team? Even though Capello isn’t personally rating each England player in public, as long as his name is attached to the website it will seem that way.
The launch was understandably postponed after the FA hastily pulled Capello to one side and asked him what he was thinking. One of the bonds of trust between a player and his coaching staff is that what goes on in the dressing room stays in the dressing room, with most bosses choosing never to criticise the players in public. Arsene “I didn’t see it” Wenger is a case in point.
Furthermore, the incident will probably damage the England manager’s relationship with Premier League bosses. Someone like Sir Alex Ferguson will be concerned with Manchester United’s Premier League title odds and won’t want his players being unsettled. This episode has done just that.
Capello may be angry now that the figures we released without his knowledge, with his son and lawyer Pierfilipp saying that the Italian “knew nothing whatsoever about these ratings. He has never been paid, either directly or indirectly, for putting his name to any of this”.
But that didn’t stop the manager from posing for photos at the sites launch two months ago and saying “it’s not only about money, my interest is in football,” and adding it should be “good for the fans”.
This breach of trust is just another splinter in an already divided England set up and one Capello will surely struggle to come back from.
Meanwhile, those interested in horse racing tips are turning their attention to Goodwood ahead of the course’s traditional July meeting.