With the Football Association sounding out a new coach for the England job and announcement on the same surely to be made before the end of the season odds on favourite Harry Redknapp has received the backing of one board member already in Bolton chairman Phil Gartside.
If Redknapp were to take the role it would leave a vacancy at White Hart Lane, a position that would seemingly interest ex-England Manager, Fabio Capello.
According to The Sun, Capello would revel in the chance to manager a top flight English club before entering retirement. He is quoted to say,
“I love London. I prefer to coach in the Premier League.”
This would then fit the bill for a role with Spurs if Redknapp was to leave when his country beckoned – but after somewhat tarnishing his reputation with England, what would Capello bring to Spurs?
After devoting his life to football with a typical astute, tactical, Italian way of playing – Capello has had great successes and very few failures in his time. Managing at the highest level in Serie A, La Liga alongside various Champions League campaigns and also internationally – the Italian understands the game indefinitely. 25 years of Management is not to be sniffed at and that sort of longevity and hunger could be extremely useful to Spurs in the summer.
The Italian has an impressive general CV from his years both playing and managing in football. As a player he represented Italian giants Juventus, Milan and Roma where he won 4 Serie A’s amongst other domestic cups. This drive for success led him into club management where he had spells managing each club he played for in Roma, Milan and Juventus and also the small matter of Spanish Heavyweights, Real Madrid.
In this time he accumulated 5 Serie A’s, 2 La Liga’s and 1 Champions League alongside other domestic cups – he also led Juve to 2 Serie A titles which were stripped off him through match fixing, none of which was Capello’s doing.
This then led to interest from the English FA where the Italian was installed as manager of the country, a move that at the time excited the majority of the country. After leading England with ease to qualification to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, things soured with poor performances which led to their elimination by Germany.
The country had turned its back on Capello and after the 63-year-old was undermined by the FA in the stripping of John Terry’s captaincy, he resigned from his duty.
Success in the game is something that usually comes naturally to the Italian. If given the chance to employ his methods at a Spurs, the North London outfit could find themselves permanently challenging the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City throughout the season for title glory.
Knowledge of the English game
Four years in England as manager of the country meant Capello has been a visible presence at grounds up and down the country since 2008. Studying different players for potential international selection would have given the Italian time to form an opinion and gain information on the majority of the clubs in the league – something that would give him an advantage going back into club management in the Premier League.
While in his role with England he would have also worked with many of the English contingent at White Hart Lane. Players such as Parker, Walker, Defoe, Lennon, King, and Dawson will all have previous with the Italian who will have a good understanding of each individual. This could be beneficial to Spurs and the players as for the majority of the squad there will be an immediate relationship already formed.
So would Capello be the right option should Redknapp leave? Potentially Capello’s tactics may not suit Tottenham’s traditional attack minded way of playing, something that may have actually cost them success in the past. With this in mind, managers such as Brendan Rodgers at Swansea could have more of a say in getting the post.
The Ulster man this season has successfully guided Swansea to safety impressively this season with a style of football which is very much so Barcelona-esque.
It’s safe to say Levy and Spurs have a fascinating summer ahead trying to hold on to their man Redknapp. If they are not successful, having to replace him won’t be an easy task to bypass for the Lillywhites.
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