Good to see someone at Soho Square has a brain cell.
Football Association board member Phil Gartside has come out in support of Fabio Capello and says he expects the England manager to keep his job.
The FA is considering whether to sack Capello, 64, after England exited the World Cup after losing 4-1 to Germany.
But Gartside told BBC Sports News correspondent Dan Roan: “We’ve got the best man for the job.”
The Bolton chairman said he had spoken to two other members of the FA’s 11-strong board who also backed Capello.
The FA has told their Italian coach, who has two years to run on his contract, that he will have to wait another two weeks to find out if he has a future as England boss.
His fate will be decided by Club England chairman Sir David Richards and managing director Adrian Bevington, whose decision will need to be rubber-stamped by the full FA board, which next meets on July 15.
Capello, who earns a reported £6m a year, has been widely blamed for England’s failure to make an impact at South Africa 2010.
The England team arrived back at Heathrow airport on Tuesday after a disappointing campaign in which they drew with USA and Algeria, beat Slovenia 1-0 and suffered their biggest ever World Cup defeat at the hands of Germany in the last 16 round.
But Gartside said: “It’s not his fault. He’s done a good job, he needs to get on with it. I hope he stays and I think he will stay.
“It’s not about the money. We have to be strong. It’s not the fans who have an issue, it’s the press.”
Capello told a press conference on Monday he wanted to stay in the post and oversee the qualification campaign for the 2012 European championships.
The Italian was also backed by two other FA Board members contacted by BBC Sport.
“In putting his head above the parapet, it signifies the beginning of a campaign to keep Capello, but there may be other members who do not share his view,” said Roan. (BBC Sport)
It is such a refreshing change to see someone at the FA expressing a sane point of view that it almost makes you think of a certain Beer company’s commercial and leaves you telling yourself “Probably the best FA spokesman in the World”.
What Phil Gartside is saying about the media’s insistence on trying to assert its agenda on the general public is spot on, so much so, that it wouldn’t surprise us at COS Towers if Sky News and News International now ran a campaign to have the Bolton chairman removed from his position on the Football Association board!
Let’s see what happens next in this debacle for it seems that some of Gartside’s less sane colleagues may have a more warped version of reality than the no nonsense Mancunian.