Financial Times – Opinion

Fabio Capello’s departure goes beyond the all too familiar story of an England football manager failing to satisfy the country’s often unrealistic expectations of its national team. At the heart of this affair is the governance of the sport. Mr Capello, by publicly disagreeing with the Football Association’s decision to strip John Terry of the captaincy, was challenging the authority of his employers.

When Mr Capello went on television last Sunday to express his views, he might as well have said: “I govern English football, not the FA”. His air was that of a chief executive who had been surprised by an unforeseen board decision. Mr Capello may have been paid £6m per year, several times the salary Stephen Hester receives to run Royal Bank of Scotland, but he has nothing like Mr Hester’s powers. He was the head of the FA’s most important production unit, not its CEO….Read the full article


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