Sunday March 18 2012
Capello: 'Why I quit England'

Former England manager Fabio Capello confirms why he resigned over the John Terry affair and won’t return to the bench in Serie A.

The tactician was interviewed on Rai Tre programme ‘Che tempo che fa’ and was asked about his decision to quit just months before Euro 2012 when the FA stripped Terry of the captain’s armband over allegations of racism.

“I was very happy in England, as it’s a magnificent place to work and to play football. It was a lovely experience, London is a spectacular city where you can find everything and the rapport with clubs and players was wonderful until the moment the Terry affair exploded,” said Capello.

“I could not understand why they should take the armband off Terry, seeing as I had only just given it back to him and the judge would only deliver a verdict on July 9. I did not agree, so I resigned, because in my view someone is innocent until proven guilty. I asked them to wait for the case to be heard and then see.”

Capello has been heavily linked with a return to Serie A for the likes of Inter, but insists that won’t happen.

“I doubt I will work as a Coach in Italy again, as to see me on a bench something interesting has to happen abroad, or obviously for a different role. I am a child of the world and I’d like to experience new countries.”

He is not the only one, as Italian managers are popular in the Premier League with the likes of Roberto Mancini at Manchester City, Roberto Di Matteo taking over Chelsea and Paolo Di Canio finding success with Swindon.

“Italians are fashionable in England because we do something different to the English managers, as we pay more attention to the details and tactics. This brings good results. In England the power is with the newspapers, whereas in Italy it’s television and in Spain the radio stations.

“Being England manager is an important role, but you’re always in the eye of the storm and have the media focused on you at all times.”

Capello confessed his only real friends in football are Dino Zoff and Edy Reja, while the player who most reminds him of himself is “Daniele De Rossi. He is a great midfielder and has an innate scoring sense.

“In my day, top players like Gianni Rivera, Mariolino Corso or Sandro Mazzola could retire and buy themselves a couple of apartments, maybe set up their own business. Now players are 25 and set for life. This is something that ought to be discussed.

“Football has become a business now. Thankfully the players still have fun out there and get angry when they lose, like Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Fortunately they do not think about what is happening off the field.”

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