Amidst growing unemployment and economic upheaval the highest paid job in International Football is once again open for applications at FA Headquarters. Fabio Capello’s abrupt departure from the hot seat (and it bloody well ought to be hot for £6m per year!) 4 months before the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine has caused the appropriate reverberations around the world yet for many England fans only candidates born within England’s borders need apply. Is this classic Little Englander mentality or a reasonable stance to take from a nation who claims to have invented the game yet has appeared in less world cup semi-finals than Turkey, Uruguary, Sweden and South Korea in the past 22 years?
Capello’s successor will become the 7th permanent appointment since 1996 when under Terry Venables, the quintessential English football manager, England had its fans genuinely with a taste of glory. Since Venables, the FA has followed a consistently inconsistent approach to appointing a successor: