Dumping Terry the right move but Capello should have been consulted

Fabio Capello and John Terry

Stripping John Terry of the England captaincy was a no-brainer for most people, and I’m one of them. In my view he should never have been given the armband back following the Wayne Bridge business but I digress. Slightly.

If Terry’s position as leader of the national side wasn’t precarious enough, the news that his trial for allegedly racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand (a charge he denies) wouldn’t be taking place until after Euro 2012 meant that his involvement in the tournament, in any capacity, would surely be a huge distraction due to the massive media interest in his every move.

Capello should have recognised that and taken him out of the firing line. He took the moral high-ground when the Bridge story broke and he should have done the same thing here by not considering him for the squad until this whole sorry affair is over.

The fact that he didn’t was yet another error of judgement from a man who was paid to know better and left the FA in an awkward situation which, true to form, they managed to find a way to balls up.

John Terry is innocent until proven guilty and that should not be forgotten, but are his powers as a player worth the media circus his presence would cause? I’m really not convinced.

By deciding to strip him of the captaincy yet still be considered for the squad, the FA did little but avoid a few potentially awkward press conferences. By failing to consult the Italian first, Capello’s position looked almost untenable and so it was proven with today’s news of his resignation.

The media are falling over themselves in declaring Harry Redknapp – fresh from being cleared of tax evasion – the favourite to take over but I’m not convinced he is the right man for the job. Exactly who is though I’ve no idea. That’s something for another day.

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