CAPELLO AXED! ALL WORLD CUP PLAYERS BANNED! WHERE IS ENGLAND HEADED?
In a brief statement today, the FA announced that manager Fabio Capello has been sacked with immediate effect after a less than impressive performance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The FA also stated rather stunningly, that all players who were part of the campaign in South Africa have also been banned for their dismal showing. The FA has indicated that a new manager will be appointed soon and that no candidates have been shortlisted.
The new manager is expected to have a tough task choosing the English side and is expected to qualify successfully for the European Championships of 2012. The players banned are David James, Glen Johnson, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard, Michael Dawson, John Terry, Aaron Lennon, Frank Lampard, Peter Crouch, Wayne Rooney, Joe Cole, Robert Green, Stephen Warnock, Gareth Barry, Matthew Upson, James Milner, Shaun Wright-Philipps, Jamie Carragher, Jermaine Defoe, Ledley King, Emile Heskey, Michael Carrick and Joe Hart.
Speculation about a new manager has begun and according to skybet, the following are the favourites to take over the reins at England.
Frank Rijkaard 2-1
Jurgen Klinnsmann 3-1
Daniel Robertson 4-1
Harry Redknapp 3-1
Arsene Wenger 3-1
Sir Alex Ferguson 6-1
Frank Rijkaard and Klinnsmann are currently unemployed. Daniel Robertson is a former Leeds, Preston North End and Liverpool player and a formerEnglish international with 37 caps and 12 goals to his name. He currently manages the Polish Under-21 side and has led them to European victory in the 2009 Championships at Sweden. Harry Redknapp manages Tottenham and Arsene Wenger manages their fierce rivals Arsenal. Sir Alex Ferguson manages the reputed Manchester United.
As such, Rijkaard remains the favourite, but given the bans on players, it remains to be seen whether he will take up the job.