Friday 15 December 2017

Replacing Capello to be a tough ask: Keane

ROY KEANE believes England will find it difficult to replace Fabio Capello as national boss.

The English FA are today stepping up their bid to find a replacement for Capello, who quit on Tuesday just months ahead of the Euro 2012 finals.

Keane says he understands Capello's reasons for leaving the post so early as he was unable to deal with the interference from the English FA over the John Terry captaincy issue -- and the former Sunderland boss says the timing is bad for England.

"Capello is a loss," said Keane. "His track record is brilliant. It's hard to judge his reign after how it ended. Yes, the performance in the World Cup wasn't good enough but the Euros may have turned out to be better.

"The only two people I've spoken to who worked with him at club level were Marcel Desailly and Ruud van Nistelrooy, and both spoke very highly of him.

"Ruud had a lot of time for him and he wouldn't be one for handing out praise for managers easily. But Capello's always been quick to move on if he's not happy somewhere and I admire that.


"He's just the latest to find out the problems that can come up as England boss," added Keane.

"I wouldn't call it a poisoned chalice because it's still a very good, well-paid job but it's certainly not an easy role.

"I don't think he will be out of work for too long. With his credentials, all of the top clubs would be looking at him if they have a vacancy. But, I honestly don't believe he has another job lined up, it wouldn't make sense.

"It boils down to the Terry issue and that he wasn't prepared to tolerate that interference. For me, Capello was focused on doing well at the Euros and would have learned the lessons from the World Cup."

Keane also said that English football needs to stop obsessing about the captaincy of the team.

"Regardless of who comes in, people need to stop placing such importance on the captaincy," he said. "It shouldn't be about being popular with your team-mates, it should be because you are respected by them and as a reward for your service, nothing more and nothing less."

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