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Mourinho Vs. Capello

Mourinho Vs. Capello
I`ve been listening to the 'Golden Boys` for 15 minutes, and already I`ve had enough, I`m still listening to the game, but my concentration is now on this article - the second part of this, 'England in crisis` special.

Having looked at those in charge of selecting the new national gaffer last week, I`m looking at whom it is they should be appointing in this week`s memoirs.

Sadly it seems to be that international management is not held in as high esteem as it was a decade, perhaps even five years ago. Just look at Alex McCleish leaving the Scots to joining Birmingham, [hahaha, sorry, can`t hide my pleasure!]. Look at the number of managers to rule themselves out the England running since McClaren was sacked! Is there anyone left to take the job? My phone`s ringing, 'No Mr Barwick, I`m not interested`. See? Another top name rules himself out.

So, realistically, who is there left in the running? Thankfully, there are a few big names, but then that`s not crucial. They are more, heavyweights of management, having actually achieved something, unlike McClaren. The two names that keep cropping up are, in the red corner, Jose 'The special one` Mourinho and in the blue corner, Fabio 'I win the league and I`m still sacked` Capello. Do I have a preference? Yes, someone English, Harry Redknapp, Steve Coppell maybe, but to be honest, I wanted the English route last time; I got it, look what happened!

This time therefore, although I would prefer someone hailing from these shores, I will take the best man for the job. I believe at this time, it is by far and away, Fabio Capello.

His C.V alone makes for incredibly impressive reading:

Teams Managed
AC Milan [twice]
Real Madrid [twice]
A.S Roma

Trophies Won
Scudetto [Italian Serie 'A` League] x 7
La Liga [Spanish League] x 2
Uefa Champions League
Italian Super Cup x 4
European Super Cup

Anyone who can boast such an impressive career certainly deserves to be mentioned in the frame for the England manager`s job. Of course, a certain amount of consideration has to be taken. Like the fact Juventus and AC Milan were two of the top three sides in Serie 'A` when Capello was in charge. Madrid are probably the best side in La Liga and were certainly when Capello was there last season.

However, this considered, you also have to consider the man management skills required when you are gaffer of a top side. Try telling David Beckham he`s on the bench because Roman Calderon wants it done. Try telling Raul he`s not in the side on Sunday after scoring on Tuesday. And so on and so forth.

These are skills the next England manager needs. Man management. He needs to be able to have the balls to drop a big name, to upset someone, but get the best out of him next time he`s needed. Someone who basically can say. 'Frank, Steve is better, you need to get back to form, then you can challenge him for that spot.`

Back to the blue corner and according to The Sun the people`s choice, Jose Mourinho. Simply for his arrogance and the way he reflects everything onto himself, I`d rather have Capello, but here`s his resume:

Teams Managed
U.D Leiria
F.A Porto

Trophies Won
Portuguese Championship x 2
SuperCup Candido de Oliveira
Cup of Portugal
Uefa Cup
Uefa Champions League
Premier League x 2
League Cup x 2
F.A Cup
Community Shield

Ok, the trophies he has won aren`t as prestigious, but again, when you look at the personalities that Mourinho has handled and the obvious achievment of taking an average Portuguese side on to win the Champions League is a helluva achievement. Both are outstanding candidates, but couple Mourinho`s self-obsession with Capello`s extra achievements and experience and I am clearly in favour of the Italian.

Who do you think should take be offered the job? Leave a comment below…

Keep the faith,

Tom Bodell

Date:Wednesday December 5 2007
Time: 8:53AM

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