Fabio walks away from England job

Incredible drama as England manager resigns over Terry captaincy row – Brooking and Pearce in line to be caretakers

Fabio Capello last night quit dramatically as England manager over the governing body's decision to strip John Terry of the captaincy.

Following an extraordinary day in English football, a temporary appointment will be announced today with Stuart Pearce, the England under-21s coach, and Sir Trevor Brooking, who already works for the governing body as director of football development, the two candidates, possibly with the two of them working in tandem. The FA claimed the parting of the ways had been amicable despite a major disagreement between the FA chairman, David Bernstein and Capello over the Italian's decision to go public with his disquiet over the FA's decision to demote Terry.

Quotes attributed to Capello on the Italpress news agency last night suggested he left Wembley nurturing a deep sense of injustice. The provenance of those quotes was later denied by Capello's lawyer son Pierfilippo and the FA.

The disputed quotes read: "They [the FA] really insulted me and damaged my authority. What really hit me and forced me to take this decision was the fact the much-vaunted Anglo-Saxon sense of justice, as they are the first to claim that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.

"In Terry's case, they gravely offended me and damaged my authority at the head of the England side, effectively creating a problem for the squad. I have never tolerated certain crossing of lines, so it was easy for me to spot it and take my decision to leave."

Last night the 65-year-old Capello was already being linked with a

lucrative move to Anzhi Makhachkala in Dagestan, in the Russian Federation. He left Wembley at 5.30pm following a meeting with Bernstein and Alex Horne, the FA general secretary. During that meeting, Capello refused to apologise for going public with his criticism of the FA in his interview with RAI, the Italian broadcaster on Sunday.

In a dramatic day, the FA did not announce his departure until 7.30pm. Although Harry Redknapp, cleared of tax evasion charges yesterday, is the obvious successor to Capello, the FA will announce an interim coach today for the friendly against the Netherlands on 29 February.

It is understood that Redknapp was last night considering his options. He recognises he owes a great debt of thanks to his club, Tottenham Hotspur, for their support during the tax case.

All Capello's Italian staff – Italo Galbiati, Massimo Negri and Franco Tancredi – also resigned their positions with the FA. The decision meant that the issue of whether compensation is payable – there is around £3m left on Capello's contract – is not yet clear.

His resignation revealed just how isolated Capello felt over the decision by Bernstein, which was rubber-stamped by the FA board, to take the captaincy away from Terry. It was made on Thursday and announced the following day. Capello was called by Bernstein on the Thursday night and informed the board that he "absolutely" disagreed with its decision on Terry.

On Sunday he gave an interview to RAI live from London in which he repeated his view that he "absolutely" disagreed with the decision. This caused enormous concern among the governing body, which felt that it represented a barefaced challenge to the FA from its most high-profile employee.

Bernstein told Capello yesterday that he could not accept the Italian criticising him and his employers so openly. With Capello refusing to back down on his view, he recognised there was no option for him but to resign.

The FA made the decision on Terry after the court date for him to face a charge of racial abuse was moved to 9 July, after the Euros. Capello had maintained all along that Terry should retain the captaincy on the principle of innocent until proved guilty.

The FA will announce the temporary appointment at Wembley this lunchtime at a press conference which Bernstein, Horne, Brooking will attend.

The FA statement said: "The discussions focused on the FA board's decision to remove the captaincy from John Terry, and Fabio Capello's response. In a meeting for over an hour, Fabio's resignation was accepted and he will leave the post of England manager."

Bernstein said: "I would like to stress that during today's meeting and throughout his time as England manager, Fabio has conducted himself in an extremely professional manner. We have accepted Fabio's resignation, agreeing this is the right decision. We would like to thank Fabio for his work with the England team and wish him every success in the future."

More on England...

From dentist's chairs to fake sheikhs: England's pre-tournament crises

Fabio Capello: The highs and lows in charge of England

Who's next? The contenders to replace Fabio Capello

Capello's reign: Four years of Fabio

2007

14 December Fabio Capello's appointment as England manager is confirmed by the FA, succeeding Steve McClaren.

2008

6 February Italian's first match in charge sees goals by Jermaine Jenas and Shaun Wright-Phillips earn a 2-1 win over Switzerland in a friendly at Wembley.

10 September A hat-trick from Theo Walcott and a Wayne Rooney strike earn England a stunning 4-1 win over Croatia in Zagreb in a vital World Cup qualifier.

2009

9 September A resounding 5-1 victory over Croatia at Wembley, England's eighth successive group win, books place at World Cup in South Africa.

2010

5 February Capello strips John Terry of the England captaincy following allegations he had an affair with former team-mate Wayne Bridge's ex-girlfriend. Rio Ferdinand promoted to captain.

11 May Italian is forced to postpone his Capello Index – a player ratings website – until after the World Cup following an FA review.

2 June Capello agrees an amended contract with the FA, committing to England until after Euro 2012.

12-27 June Having got through the group stage of the World Cup, England are torn apart by Germany as they suffer a humiliating 4-1 defeat in the last 16.

2 July The FA confirms that Capello will remain in charge of the national team.

17 July The Italian demands that the Capello Index be removed from the internet after insisting he had not seen or approved of the controversial rankings.

3 September England beat Bulgaria 4-0 in their opening Euro 2012 qualifier and follow up with a 3-1 win in Switzerland.

17 November England beaten 2-1 by France in friendly at Wembley.

2011

19 March Capello announces Terry has been restored as England captain.

26 March England beat Wales 2-0 in Euro 2012 qualifier in Cardiff.

4 June England battle back from two down to secure a 2-2 draw in a Euro 2012 qualifier with Switzerland at Wembley.

2 September After wins over Bulgaria and Wales, England move to within a point of reaching the Euro 2012 finals.

7 October Rooney is sent off in the final minutes of a 2-2 draw in Montenegro that clinches England's qualification for Euro 2012.

9 December Rooney's ban is reduced from three matches to two by Uefa following an FA appeal, leaving him available to play in England's final Euro 2012 group match in the summer against Ukraine.

2012

3 February FA board strips Terry of England captaincy.

5 February Capello tells Italian television he disagrees with FA's decision to demote Terry.

Yesterday Resigns as manager.

Capello's record

P42, W28, D8, L6, Win% 66.67

Competitive ties 22, W15, D5, L2

England's leading managers

P/W/D/L/Win%

F Capello 42/28/8/6/66.7

A Ramsey 113/69/27/17/61.1

G Hoddle 28/17/6/5/60.7

R Greenwood 55/33/12/10/60

S G Eriksson 67/40/17/10/59.7

First match W 2-1 v Swit (Feb 08)

Last match W 1-0 v Sweden (Nov 11)

Most caps under Capello

35 Gareth Barry

33 Wayne Rooney

32 Ashley Cole

31 Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson

30 John Terry

England's 2012 schedule

29 Feb Netherlands (h, friendly)

26 May Norway (a, friendly)

2 June Belgium (h, friendly)

11 June France (n, Euro 2012 group)

15 June Sweden (n, Euro 2012)

19 June Ukraine (n, Euro 2012)

Leeds 'reject Eriksson offer'

Leeds United chairman Ken Bates claimed yesterday that although the former England coach Sven Goran Eriksson had applied for the manager's job at Elland Road, "he won't be coming".

Neil Redfearn, the caretaker manager since the sacking of Simon Grayson last week, will be in charge for the club's next three Championship games. Bates said: "We're in no hurry. The next appointment is a big appointment."

Sport
Australia vs New Zealand live
cricket Follow over-by-over coverage as rivals New Zealand and Australia face off
News
Zayn has become the first member to leave One Direction. 'I have to do what feels right in my heart,' he said
peopleWe wince at anguish of fans, but his 1D departure shows the perils of fame in the social media age
Life and Style
Researchers found that just 10 one-minute swill-and-spit sessions are enough to soften tooth enamel and make teeth vulnerable to erosion
health
News
i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
The Regent Street Cinema’s projection room in the 1920s
film
News
Leah Devine is only the ninth female to have made the Young Magician of the Year final since the contest began more than 50 years
peopleMeet the 16-year-old who has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year
News
Jonathan Anderson was born in Northern Ireland but now based between London, where he presents a line named JW Anderson
peopleBritish designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
News
Andy Davidhazy at the beginning (left) and end (right) of his hike
video
News
Taylor Swift is applying to trademark song lyrics from 1989
people
Voices
The popularity of TV shows such as The Liver Birds encouraged Liverpudlians to exaggerate their Scouse accent
voicesWe exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing