COS contributor Jake Harrison reports on the possible installation of two Italians into the England coaching set-up.
Stuart Pearce could be on his way out of the England set-up as Fabio Capello looks to be ready to start afresh on his England side. The Italian is looking to bring in Mauro Tassotti to replace the former-Manchester City manager. Goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence could also be on his way out, with Walter Zenga coming in. The two possible replacements are good friends with Capello.After England disgracefully crashed out of the World Cup in the second round against Germany, it seems that Capello wants to make the team his own, with his first point of call his own staff. Pearce and Clemence are the only English representatives the England coaching staff. The England manager, it seems, was deeply disappointed with the work of both men in South Africa.
Zenga is currently the manager Saudi Professional League side Al-Nassr and was a prominent figure for Italy, playing 58 times for his country between 1985 and 1992. The 60-year-old has mainly coached abroad; Capello clearly wants a coaching staff that can play anything but the English way.
Tassotti spent the majority of his playing career at AC Milan, where he played as a right-back. The 50-year-old is currently the assistant manger of the Italian giants, after being promoted from youth team manager during Carlo Ancelotti’s reign. Much like Pearce, the Italian is well known for his versatility and commitment.
The World Cup was a disaster for England but this, surely, isn’t the way to go. The players need to take most of the blame; maybe Capello should concentrate more on the football rather than having his friends around him.
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