Wednesday February 8, 2012 at 5:25pm
Now that Harry Redknapp has been found not guilty of all charges relating to his tax problems we can begin to speculate on just when he will be England Manager.
Note the wording. When.
If it was all but certain that ‘Arry was going to be the England boss after the Euro 2012 Championships then the events of this week may well set a train of events in motion that see it happen sooner than that.
And at the root of it, like so many bad things that have happened in English football in the recent past is John Terry - and what is looking like a deliberate attempt by the FA to dethrone its Manager.
Terry, as we all know, was stripped of the England Captaincy by The FA on Friday last week, but it seems that Fabio Capello wasn’t consulted on this move.
Whatever the rights and wrongs of the decision – and it has to be said that I am in support of it – it does seem a little bit odd that the Manager of the National Team wasn’t consulted about the move.
If that was a PR gaffe on behalf of the always hapless FA then it was to get worse. Capello took to Italian TV at the weekend to voice his displeasure at Terry being removed as England skipper. It would, in this context be easy to see this as a personal slight on the England boss.
Remember, Capello was the one who re-instated the Chelsea man after he revelations about his affair with the ex-girlfriend of his former team mate Wayne Bridge forced his removal in the first place, and under the circumstances were the FA questioning the Managers judgement?
Meanwhile in Southwark Crown Court, the man that everyone knows will be England Manager after Capello (and I don’t care how many Managers have odds given on them it will only be Redknapp) was being acquitted of all charges in relation to his alleged Tax Evasion – and on the very same day Fabio Capello is summoned to FA Headquarters at Wembley for a meeting that according to various news outlets is a direct result of his public opposition to what happened last week. Indeed ITN goes as far as to say the talks could “decide his future.”
Does it take a genius to work out what happens next? A manager that has been rather publically undermined – and is going to leave in July anyway - is then told to come for meeting at the headquarters with the very people that undermined him in the first place.
But it might not be that simple. Spurs are doing extremely well in the league, having their best season in years and playing some fine stuff. That being the case Harry might not want to leave yet anyway, and if he stays until the end of the season, who will take charge of the friendlies if Fabio goes? And would Redknapp then just arrive, like some knight in shining armour and pilot the country in Euro 2012.
Ultimately if Fabio Capello hadn’t re-appointed John Terry as captain then none of this would have happened. As such, you have to question the judgement of not only the man who thought it was a good idea to do so, but the men in the committees that allowed it to happen.
There are, it seems, many questions to answer at this stage and the events of today at Wembley may make things a little clearer. What is beyond question, though, is that – yet again – the FA have handled something badly, and the whole thing is a bit of a mess.