Capello backed to continue

Football Association board member David Sheepshanks and chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, Gordon Taylor, have thrown their weight behind England coach Fabio Capello to remain in the hot-seat.

Many people are calling for the Italian to be removed from his position following the poor showing at this summer's World Cup finals in South Africa, but the high-profile pair believe he is the man to take the nation forward.

Speaking to BBC Radio Suffolk, Sheepshanks said:"Knee-jerk reactions never work.

"There are some very, very able and wise people around the FA board table and I have absolute confidence that they will come up with the right decision.

"Let's get this right. Fabio is tremendously able – one of the world's best managers – and a month ago I don't think you'd have heard many people disagree with that. He doesn't become a bad manager overnight."

Meanwhile, Taylor added:"If they sack him they will be left with egg on their face.

"It seems ridiculous to do this contract negotiation just before the World Cup and then to now be talking about sacking him.

"The Capello question is not the nettle we should be grasping. Fabio has been brought in to deal with the top of the pyramid, it's the base up to the top that needs attention.

"We need a committee of inquiry with all segments of English football taking responsibility – and acting on the recommendations when they are made. There is a crisis and it has to involve all the stakeholders."

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