The move came after a crisis meeting between the italian and FA president david bernstein and secretary general alex horne. The 65-year-old’s decision is linked to the federation’s dismissal of national team captain john terry. Capello had strongly criticized this decision and openly opposed the FA leadership. "I do not agree at all with the FA’s decision. That’s what I told the president," he said in an interview with italian broadcaster rai uno in london on sunday evening.
Chelsea captain terry was removed as captain of the national team by the federation for allegedly racially insulting an opponent and faces trial for it. Terry maintains his innocence.
Capello had strongly criticized the decision and openly opposed the FA leadership. "They have insulted me and damaged my authority," he was quoted as saying in italian media.
In the announcement on wednesday evening, the federation announced a press conference for thursday. Capello had been in charge of the national team since 2007 and had led it to the world cup finals in 2010. England also qualified for the european championship this summer. "I would like to emphasize that fabio has behaved very professionally during this meeting today and throughout his time as england’s coach," bernstein said. "We have accepted fabio’s resignation."
After the ousting of terry, capello is said to have questioned his contract, which expires this summer, whether the FA should undermine his authority in such a way, the guardian reported. Extending the contract beyond the E.M. Was no longer an issue anyway.
Capello’s attitude had provoked different reactions in english football. Manchester united coach sir alex ferguson had sided with the italian in the debate. "Without a doubt, the most important person in a football club is the coach," the scotsman had said. The head of the players’ union, gordon taylor, had shown little understanding of capello’s views. "I don’t know what purpose this serves."
Even before capello’s resignation became known, england’s former national coach sven-goran eriksson put forward a candidate for the post. He recommended harry redknapp. The tottenham hotspur coach, who was cleared of tax evasion charges in london on wednesday, was "a very, very good choice" as selection coach, eriksson told the BBC. "Redknapp is doing a great job at tottenham and has done a great job at all the clubs he has worked at in the past."