Imagine going into the new season with Tony Mowbray still in charge of Celtic, or for a laugh Paul le Guen’s revolution being in control of Rangers!
That scary thought is reality for England fans with Fabio Capello still in charge for tomorrow’s pointless friendly with Hungary at Wembley.
Listening to the laboured excuses and half-hearted apology from the England manager brought back the amusement from the World Cup when the Italian led England to their worst ever performance notching up a solitary win over Slovenia alongside draws with Algeria and the USA before getting hammered by those pesky Germans.
If the World Cup was a living nightmare for England fans the prospect of enduring another qualifying campaign under the leadership of a manager with all the credibility of Fred the Shred Goodwin must be terrifying.
Since the sunny Sunday afternoon in June when reality visited English football Capello has been giving a kicking in print, on-line and on the airwaves of television and radio.
Whilst most failed World Cup managers have moved on for six million reasons England find themselves lumbered with a manager who has become a figure of fun in the space of two months.
Capello made drastic changes to his World Cup squad when he named the men to face Hungary but found himself snubbed by two bit part players within 24 hours when Paul Robinson and Wes Brown retired from international football.
If Capello hadn’t selected them for the Hungary squad no-one would have batted an eyelid at their omission.
Defending his continued employment and the accusation that he’s only still in the job because of pay-off details he claimed: “The confidence of the FA was important for me. I want to try again to go forward, to stay here and try to win something.
“I’m here because the FA said I had to carry on with this job. If they’d said, “Thanks you very much”, then fine. I don’t want to stay here because I signed the contract.
“I’m here because the FA told me they wanted me to stay. That’s why I’m here. Only for this.
“Like a manager, when you lose something, you want immediately to do something better. Like a player, when you lose one game, you want to win the next game.”
Well that’s cleared that all up!
The attendance at Wembley will come under scrutiny with the England fans certain to voice their thoughts on the World Cup debacle with Ashley Cole likely to get more abuse than most.
Win lose or draw we’re sure to be treated to more tortured after match verdicts with the baying mob desperate to find an excuse to oust £6m man who had the same impact on the World Cup as George Burley.
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