February 9, 2012- In a news conference scheduled for Thursday afternoon, the Football Association in England will give its version of what happened to lead to Fabio Capello resigning as the national football coach.
Capello called it quits on Wednesday, only four months before the start of the European Championships. He was angry at the way the FA stripped player John Terry of his captaincy. The FA did not consult with Capello before making its decision on Terry.
Capello’s sudden exit has led to a great deal of speculation that Harry Redknapp would be hired by the FA to replace Capello. Redknapp, current manager of Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League, was cleared on Wednesday of evading taxes.
Capello insisted that it was incorrect to strip the captaincy from Terry. Terry is awaiting trial for a racial remark he allegedly made towards an opponent. However, the trial is not scheduled until the European Championships have concluded and Capello said Terry is innocent until proven guilty and should have remained on as captain.
The FA said they accepted the resignation of Capello and would like to thank him for his work during his tenure as coach of the national team.
Newspapers across the country were calling for the hiring of Redknapp, a native Londoner. However, he is contractually tied to Tottenham and would need the approval of the Hotspur ownership to get out of his contractual obligations.