Outgoing England manager Fabio Capello left his London home having issued a statement in which he thanked the governing body and the players for their professionalism. He paid tribute too to the supporters. Following his resignation there is now heightened speculation as to his successor.
England under-21 manager, Stuart Pearce will take charge for the next friendly match, but there was no sense of panic or of time running out before Euro 2012 from the chairman of the Football Association.
“Everything is in place and I think that there’s plenty of time, the squad won’t get together until next May so there’s time for the new man to get in place, do what he needs to do building up towards the competition. So I think actually we’re in a much better place than we appear to be,” said David Bernstein.
The overwhelming favourite for the role, Harry Redknapp, was his usual avuncular self when he spoke to reporters on Thursday morning saying he was not thinking of managing England at the moment. He remains under contract to Tottenham Hotspur for another year, which means that for all parties there could be a lot of negotiating ahead.
Many of the England players have backed the Spurs boss for the job, though the door has not been closed on appointing a ‘foreign’ manager again. The FA starts its search on Friday when it meets to begin drawing up a shortlist of candidates.