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Sam Wallace: Fabio Capello must mend this dangerous divide or face his inevitable departure

Published 06/02/2012 | 14:45

Backing his man: England manager Fabio Capello with axed captain John Terry. Photo: Getty Images
Backing his man: England manager Fabio Capello with axed captain John Terry. Photo: Getty Images

IF the English FA was a military command then they would surely have described Fabio Capello's interview with the Italian broadcaster RAI yesterday as a case of one of their lead agents going rogue.

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Just when the FA most needed the public support of their manager, he chose to hang them out to dry. Capello's declaration last night that he did not support his employers in their decision to relieve Terry of the captaincy, in the light of his case for racially aggravated abuse being moved back to 9 July, was the moment that the relationship between manager and employer was damaged, perhaps irrevocably.

The FA will have assumed that they had faced the nightmare scenario when Terry's court case was moved back to 9 July, after the end of Euro 2012. In the event it got even worse: now the nightmare scenario is an off-message manager at a time when the FA needs solidarity in public from Capello more than ever.

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