June 30th, 2010
09:59 AM ET

Forget Capello – give Beckham the England job

David Beckham was welcomed onto the England coaching bench in South Africa by Fabio Capello. (AFP/Getty)
David Beckham was welcomed onto the England coaching bench in South Africa by Fabio Capello. (AFP/Getty)

Johannesburg, South Africa (CNN) - Germany did it with great success. Argentina and Brazil are doing it right now, and both teams are setting the pace in South Africa. Holland did it with less impressive results. But these great footballing nations weren’t afraid to try it - and now it’s time for the English Football Association to fast-track one of its favourite sons into managing the national side.

The FA has told Fabio Capello that he will learn his fate soon. Capello is a proud man with an enviable record in the game – he's a proven winner. But despite the hype surrounding his appointment - not to mention his wage demands – he has proved to be another disappointment for the FA and English football fans.

Capello should be let go and replaced by David Beckham. The FA’s hitherto unsuccessful policy of searching the planet for a coach has left the game’s commentators asking: Is this the only solution? Is the country that brought the game to the world now so tactically deficient that - like an emerging football nation - it needs to go and ask the experts for some help? And how much more compensation is the FA prepared to pay for sacking its big-name signings?

There are very few players – very few people – who know the England set-up as well as Beckham. This experience cannot be underplayed; several former international players have told me that being part of the England team – or any national side – is akin to being part of a club. It’s a way of life, with tradition, values and of course a unique set of pressures.

The case in favor of handing Becks the job is compelling. He has shown he is a born leader with the respect of his men. He is one of the most-capped players in England’s history, and has played in three World Cups. Only an injury prevented him from playing any part in a fourth this year.

But Beckham was in South Africa, condemned to the bench and kicking every ball with his teammates from afar. And this helps understand his key attribute: Beckham understands the importance of England to the fans. He understands that it is not enough to just pull on an England shirt.

More than any of his contemporaries, Beckham has the ability to balance the privileged position of the modern footballer with the determination to succeed for his country. Which other player would roll up his sleeves and drag the team to a World Cup finals in the way Beckham did against Greece in 2001?

And, of course, there is national pride. Both the fans and the FA need someone in the top job who is not only someone they respect, and not only someone with great football experience, but someone who can restore their belief. For some of the richest men in world sport, does an extra million dollars a year on their contracts really provide the necessary incentive to dedicate their hearts and souls to the cause? It’s impossible to judge.

Franz Beckenbauer was one of the most talented, most-capped players in the history of the game. After two short spells in the U.S. with New York Cosmos he returned to his native West Germany in 1984 as coach of the national squad. He took the team to two consecutive World Cup finals – winning the trophy in 1990.

Beckham may not make the team sheet in the all-time World XI, but he can be England’s Beckenbauer. Like the Germans in the 1980s, the FA needs to lure its hero back from the States, where he is still under contract with Los Angeles Galaxy. If it’s good enough for the likes of Brazil, Argentina and Germany, then it’s good enough for England too.

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  1. myholynepal

    Beckham is not mature enough to lead a team such as England......

    June 30, 2010 at 10:35 am | Reply
  2. alex

    If England needs Beckham to just be competitive then it is a sad time for english football. I dont know how Beckham will be as a coach but to say just because Dunga and Maradona are leading their sides to victory players make good coaches is just not sound. Beckham probably needs some coaching experience which he is getting by being on the english side but he needs more time. Maradona is a god in Argentina so putting as a coach might end in failure or victory but he will not be a bad decision because all of Argentina worships Maradona. I dont know if all english fans worship beckham they respect him though. Dunga had a plan entering as Brazil's coach, dont put the best talent on the field but the best team on the field. That is why pato, ronaldo, adriano and ronaldihno are not in the world cup squad. And he did it with public pressure against him and stood his ground. Beckham doesn't seem to have that same courage as dunga. Of course I could be completely wrong. I just think England world cup problems stem farther then just their manager.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:42 am | Reply
  3. Ramsi Hashash

    Goeff I believe you have a valid point. Giving Beckham the job sounds like a good idea, including giving him to two great assistant coaches to his left and right will maybe do the magic.

    Having said this, it is equally important that the FA and the English fans will agree that Beckham needs at least 4 to 6 year to put together a great team. In addition the FA needs to work better on getting the U16, U18 and U18 teams up to speed with a great coaching staff, since these youngsters will be England's heroes of in the next 4 years.

    This is the same what Germany did they started with the under 16 teams and worked their way up to get the team they have today. After all Germany has the youngest team ever at the World Cup (from a German perspective)

    June 30, 2010 at 10:55 am | Reply
  4. Tom

    Ridiculous, he has no coaching badges, no managerial experience and has never expressed interest in the job. Giving him the job would be a disaster. If he starts now as a club manager, then I expect he would get the job in 10-15 years time, but he has zero experience at this point.

    Harry Redknapp or Sam Allardyce are two possible English managers, but I'd much prefer Gus Hiddink, a much more versatile manager than the rigid Capello.

    June 30, 2010 at 11:06 am | Reply
  5. GaryV

    England deserve to lose in football and any other sport they play. Serves them good for being pompous idiots

    June 30, 2010 at 11:06 am | Reply
  6. Derrick Backer

    I disagree with your analysis. The underlying problem is that the English football competition is flocked by foreign players and there is no room for English talent to develop. A different national coach will not solve that problem. Instead, UEFA should review the rules and again cap the number of foreign players on club teams.
    Further to that, I would like to mention that Mr Capello was a sucessful player in the 70s and a very sucessful coach. Many other "stars" have not made it to a good coach. This is rather an exception than a rule. Mr Beckham has yet to prove that he's a good coach and the national team would be a risky experiment.

    June 30, 2010 at 11:07 am | Reply
  7. Andrew M

    I agree and disagree that Capello should leave.
    We should not always blame the coach or the manager. Isn't it really so easy to point fingers around blame this person for this and that.
    What happens say you get a job and it is a major role and you do wrong and bad things happen and you get fired ! Poof ! there go your dreams. I am sure you do want a second chance. Its like doing crime, going to jail, coming out and not able to get a job. Is that nice ? No! Its really ridiculous. We really should stop jumping to conclusions.
    I agree Beckham should be given a chance. Why not ? Let the English lead the English for once.
    But as I said from the start, I do belive that Fabio Capello does deserve another chance.
    In the end, I do hope that the FA does shed light upon this case.

    June 30, 2010 at 11:17 am | Reply
  8. Qaim R

    Geoff quite a good point you just made here. But here on the English Football needs to be overhauled with an option to the Premier League being switched to 6 plus 5 starting line-up considering the fact that Liverpool and Arsenal rely heavily on French and Spanish nationals to boost their title chances in the Big Four. And with what England would need in 2014 they may need to work on namely Joe Hart, Theo Walcott and Wayne Rooney to boost some of their chances in Brazil in 2014.

    May be just may be Becks might be an answer but the big question that remains is he willing enough considering he might still fight for a Euro 2012 berth to see off his career.

    June 30, 2010 at 11:33 am | Reply
  9. pramok

    probably Geoff Hill could be right – Beckham with subordinates likes of
    Terry Veneables and couple of old guards could bring freshness to the England side for the next world cup start early !

    kathmandu – Nepal.

    June 30, 2010 at 11:52 am | Reply
  10. bily-blunt

    at last, time to use home grown.

    June 30, 2010 at 11:54 am | Reply
  11. B

    Is this for real?! Love Beckham as a player but to hand the England job to someone with no managing or coaching experience?! Sacking the manager (particularly one of Capello's experience and success) is a very simplistic solution – after all, it took Alex Ferguson five years at Manchester United to win a trophy and England has had bigger problems for far longer. Even if sacking Capello is the decision made, it is laughable to suggest Beckham as the replacement. Aside from his lack of experience and qualifications, it does not take much knowledge of the game to know that Beckham has repeatedly stated he has no desire to manage. Yes Geoff Hill, replace a football manager with years of experience and success for a person with no desire for the job.

    Pathetic CNN, pathetic.

    June 30, 2010 at 11:57 am | Reply
  12. dK

    england could to worse. give him the job in a few years

    June 30, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  13. Nigel

    A ridiculous proposal. He has never managed a side in his life, why would someone put him in charge of a national team?! In any case, he'd be crazy to do it. England fans are the worst fans in the world (booing players after a loss is unacceptable) and he'd be chastised for every loss they encountered. Besides, doesn't he have to complete numerous courses and exams before he can manage a side in the first place?

    June 30, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Reply
  14. Moni

    Yes DB is the only one for 2010 and 2018. he can inspire the young upcoming players in the EPL and 1st division

    June 30, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  15. inkshawn

    Said exactly this watching the game. The selection of a 3-piece suit by Beckham was cunning and he looked every inch an England Manager... He didn't even have the obligatory "Club Manager Chewing Gum". He looked the part.

    His Soccer School was a revelation for kids – absolutely stunning facilities now closed down 🙁

    If he hasn't got badges, get 'em and put some excitement back into the English game. Capello? Redknapp? Pleeeeeeease. These relics won't capture the excitement the game needs.

    Look at Argentina. They purposefully went with a knowingly flawed manager who would capture excitement and energy of the nation. England prefers to give £6m/year to "safe choice" Capello – the FA just want to buy safe and avoid the spotlight. Capello himself wants to play safe by picking relics like Heskey. Look at Germany with Klinnsman – totally inexperienced at the time but he assembled a young team that is now ripping up trees.

    Take a risk on Beckham. Whether England regrets it or not, the important thing is to be daring.

    June 30, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  16. Flukey

    Is this a sports or a comedy article? Beckham manage England! Is this from April 1st? He is not nearly qualified, and I am not even talking about coaching. The most over-rated footballer of all time. The phrase "Bend it like Beckham" was invented to cover the fact that he can't even kick a ball straight. If a Beckham is to manage England then you'd be better off giving the role to his wife or one of his kids. They'd do a far better job. I wouldn't have him manage an under fives team. He'd be intellectually inferior even with them, not to mention their ball skills. Geoff, you should definitely consider a role as a comedy writer. You've got talent, which is more than we can say for a certain Mr. Beckham.

    June 30, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  17. germanyfan

    The idea of having Beckham as a coach sounds ridiculous; Not that he's a bad player: i respect him as one of the best football-stars but you cannot deny that he's not matured enough to handle a national squad. How old is he?? 35 or 36? That age might be old enough to handle a business corporate but c'mon this is handling a NATIONAL SQUAD which means one needs a thorough insight ,experience and maturity .
    Always blaming the coach is not solution; after all he is just an ordinary human not a GOD...Good luck for Rooney's team next time!!

    June 30, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  18. Rogerbij

    Lol, that article was so funny I nearly missed the irony! Beckham for manager? good one CNN, you old dogs

    June 30, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Reply
  19. vlado

    I think Capello is not to be judged for his decision to open the game in the second half, they had to strike but the players were distracted and confused by that stupid referee's error.The England golden generation was not on this Cup but on the previous when the players were in their golden age and top form, but happened what happened and now we are looking forward to the next Euro and next World Cup when we'll have a rejuvenate generation without Franky who if it's some consolation for the fans he should be awarded with no reservation the best player on the tournament having assisted a goal and scored what for me is the the best goal ever scored on the World Cups.But to return on the subject Fabio Capello is one of the best experts of the game and i think David Beckham is out of his league when it comes to coaching a national team, he's done his best, luck was against him and I think he'll have a good karma in the next Cup.When it come's on applying a new technology that will be the worst thing that ever happen to the game cos what about the smaller championships which do not dispose of such means to apply such a technology,and the game will be limited to the bigger events with big finances and will lose its popularity worldwide because of the truthfulness of the game and difference in sensibility.

    June 30, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  20. Dave

    As a player liasion, his job was to assist coach and make sure morale of team remained high, you can just look at England performance to determine their teamwork and it was rubbish! He has achieved nothing, no world cup medals and not even runner ups. He sat on the bench entire season with Real Madrid and didn't play or contribute much with LA and Milan either, fell out with Donavan and I very much doubt he will be welcomed in LA Galaxy.

    Just when you think things couldnt get worse for England, news comes in for him to be next England manager! What a joke! He is nowhere near Franz. What a disgrace to Franz Beckenbauer and to be compared with Beckham. The only thing he can manage is Rebecca Loos & Victoria. Yet some people can't welcome him with their open arms, I am shocked and seriously disturbed by this thought.

    Regards, Dave

    June 30, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Reply
  21. icha

    i think beckham is the best...

    June 30, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  22. Eyita

    Obviously this was written by an American.

    June 30, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  23. Shani Farrin

    LOL. DB to be England coach? I thought he is more interested on a modelling career with all those u........r advertisements in his pocket.
    CNN, I hope your suggestion is only a joke...

    Though he has been an excellent footballer, after he left England to US, he has become more famous in modelling than in football.

    June 30, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  24. astonysh

    I would suggest that he goes and manages a team in the lower divisions of the English game first, and see if he is up to the job of motivating other players to succeed. Because Beckenbauer did it, doesn't mean to say that anyone else can – in fact Beckenbauer is the exception to the rule.

    June 30, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Reply
  25. John Henry

    An unbelievable suggestion!!!

    June 30, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  26. Al

    The best coach in the world cannot turn mediocre palyers into achievers. The english approach to playing does not fit into modern soccer. Contemporary football requires natural footballers not people trained to play football. It requires players who can take on players dribble them and give accurate passes. Non of the english palyers have this quality. This technique has proven vital in this years' world cup and tells why south americans are having such great success. Premier league should get more competitive than just a hype of being the best league in the world. The true talents are in spain, Italy and south america. Come on england lets get real.

    June 30, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  27. Mat

    as much as i respectthe man and the player, he has to demonstrate first his tactical acumen. Coaching a national team isnt ALL about man management (althoguh that is an important aspect of it, just ask Domenech), you need to be tactically astute. That is precisely the biggest knock on Capello: for all his authoritative and respect earning man management skills, his tactical demonstration was pretty dismal during the world cup, stubbornly sticking to an ill-advised 4-4-2 formation with little creativity or flexibility as amply illustrated against Algeria and Germany.
    I'm sure the press andtabloids would have afield day with Becham as a national coach, but England needs someone who knows his tactical football first and foremost.

    June 30, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  28. GeeMoney

    He's still young enough to make a run for the 2014 World Cup (depending on how well he takes care of himself)... maybe he could be appointed coach after that World Cup is over?

    June 30, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  29. cindy

    I would say go with beckham...when he is young nd still got the drive nd when we knwo he isnt in it jus for the cash..he still has the love of the game...go with him..the guy went to japan nd inspired themt ehre ..went to the u s nd inspired them there..look what thsoe nations are doin now with their football....what the heck..how much worse could he make it for england....

    June 30, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  30. James Sweeney

    It will be a man from the home nations. Even though hes a welsh man I think Mark Hughes with stuart pearce as assistant would be what england needs two men who dont take no guff!

    June 30, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  31. julia fraser

    just read your article about the future of English Football and think the idea of David Beckham becoming the coach is a fantastic idea, it will bring a new lease of life to the game. I think he is down to earth guy , respected around the world and England certainly don`t have anything to lose.

    June 30, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  32. jamespearn england

    do you no anything about football david beckham as the next england manager geoff hill obviously not harry redknapp if anyone is to replace fabio, load of rubbish beckham outrages !!!

    June 30, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  33. Sean

    Beckam as coach means more kick and rush football for England. Exactly what England needs to regress.

    The sad fact that England needs to embrace is that their system does not encourage skill players. The new breed is about speed. England had no player that could hold the ball and create. Fix this and England's troubles are over. Reform the country's football training to teach youngsters the right approach.

    June 30, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Reply
  34. Tony Scianna

    Most idiotic comment I have ever heard! He has zero experience in coaching! Englands flop was not all Capello's fault, the players need to take a great deal of the blame for their effort startint with Rooney. Also, Capello was a very successfull former players who has won, in Italy and in Spain, both nationall and internationally, during the qualification rounds England played great! this is the same team but obviously something has gone haywire...

    June 30, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  35. Romeo

    I think it would be a great idea to test it. England dont need a coach as much as they need a guy with energy and massive respect behind him.

    Who says experience pays off all the time?..who says an old fat idiot has a better chance of calling respect in the coach world?...I say give it to a young guy with energy who has not caoched much, cause then he will be able to take chances and not play boringly defensive crapball. Just give him 2 yrs and then renegotiate after 2012 and give him a mentor like Ferguson to ask his opinion when he wants it.

    Lets just try that, experienced coach obviously didnt work anyway...

    June 30, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Reply
  36. GP

    Lessons have to be learnt from how other teams play football...During the premiership season, all clubs have a go to guy. Plays are designed to ensure that the ball reaches your best player, who then gets to score....Who was Capellos go to guy ? I wonder......So be it CAPELLO or BECKHAM or anyone else, England should have a go to guy...That was missing in the worldcup..

    My suggestion, bring in the ManU coach for England for the next worldcup.

    June 30, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  37. AC

    GaryV: Unfortunately you undermine any credibility you might have had by making sweeping, xenophobic generalizations about the English. Grow up.

    June 30, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Reply
  38. Mark

    Personally, I wonder how much of the English problem should be laid at John Terry's feet. He is an outstanding footballer and did a good job as team captain. Things seemed fine until he dallied with another. After Capello sacked him it seemed like the wheels came off.

    What JT did was stupid, but Chelsea stuck with him and won the league, and England dumped him and look horrible in the cup.

    June 30, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  39. Ashraf Shenouda

    I agree that the analogy between Franz & David can only cross the mind of people who call the globe's most popular sport: Soccer.
    CNN is consistent only in Mediocrity of reporting.
    Meanwhile, Beckenbaur didnt win the 1990 FIFA WC except after loosing the 1988 Euro to Germany's Super Rivals (& that is Holland, not England for another CNN mediocrity) on Home Soil & BEING GIVEN OTHER CHANCES.
    The record Germans carry is for the fewer the number of coaches between the thirties to the eighties with Jupp Derwall (Coach of Euro winning 1980 generation) nearly 20 years of coaching. You dont keep winning in 20 years. Stability is key, if everybody agrees with CAPELLO's capabilities.

    June 30, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  40. LCW

    myholynepal... Rab C. Nesbit could have led the 2010 England squad no prob... They did not want to be led.

    June 30, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  41. Matt Greg

    So, Beckham for England then? The Goldenboy of English football he might be, but having him as England's national manager is, quite frankly, a totally ludicrous idea. He has no managerial experience and only ended up on the bench due to an injury. Even if he had been fully fit, Becks would have made only cameo appearances in South Africa. Yes, he has been a key player for the past decade or so on the world stage, but he is not ready to manage his peers.

    I don't know why the tabloids are calling for Capello's head. Presumably because it's easier to blame one man than 23. Capello has an excellent managerial record, winning titles and trophies across major European leagues. He won the Spanish League with Real Madrid under enormous pressure from the local media, club and fans. In qualifying, England played some great football, culminating in a
    5-1 demolition of Croatia. The FA cannot praise him as a genius one month, and then try and throw him out the next.

    Taking Beckham with him was a good idea, as Becks is well respected by the other players and has good international playing experience. I'm sure David learnt lots from Fabio. But he is not going to become the next England manager, because the FA won't offer him the job. He simply is not ready for the most high profile job in football.

    June 30, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Reply
  42. KJ

    Beckham is nothing more than an overpaid underwear model. I can't believe all of you are so short sighted. He is a failure, just like Capello!

    June 30, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Reply


    June 30, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  44. Mike L

    Anyone who agree with this suggestion must be quite unstable !

    June 30, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  45. Ian

    haha that would make my day. Give Beckham the job and I'll relish every celebrity moment, wags and all, while England arrive at the next cup (if they qualify) telling the world they are contenders while the world knows they're a 'b' team. England needs grass roots development and a big clamp on their ego.

    June 30, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Reply
  46. E.W.

    It seems like neither the FA nor the English public know what they want in a coach, Since 1966 , the last time they won the W.

    June 30, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  47. Suleman

    We are talking about a football team not Fashion brigade!

    June 30, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  48. Suleman

    For Gods Sake! Hes a Cry Baby.....

    June 30, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  49. E.W.

    It is quite clear that neither the FA , nor the English public know what they want in a coach. Since 1966 , the only time they ever won the World Cup tournament, they have had numerous English coaches, who all fail to get them another trophy, more recently Kevin Keegan, very nice talented guy, then Sven Göran Ericsson, a Swede, who they thought was too soft, but by the way, got them the best results they have had in a generation, then Steve Mc Claren , another Englishman, failed, so they got instead someone with one of the best records in football, and who was very strict and not intimidated by the big names, so now they say he is too hard, and in typical , predictable, English fassion , they blame everyone and everything else for their demise.Get real, you are a sorry lot of sore losers.

    Fabi Capello is still the best person to lead the English team, but with a whole new group of younger, unspoilt , hungry players , and with the proper time to develop relationships and trust between the players and the coach.

    This absolutely ridiculous practice of firing the coach as soon as they loose a competition , whether he was there for one month or one year will never pay off . Let's not forget one thing, the coach can formulate all the strategies and tactics and plans until the cows come home, if the players do not deliver when they are out on the pitch, then it does'nt matter a rodent's rear end who you employ as a coach, it ain't going to work . They , the players, were a disgrace to world class football, and got what they deserve .Line camera or not, they would still have had to score another 3 goals to beat the Germans. Even if they were given the goal, the opponents were not going to roll over and play dead, but rather would have been even more determined to win.So the pschological make up of both teams would have been altered , not just the English.

    If you want to win football competition, start using your heads, not only your bodies. Every other footballing nation has progressed , time for you to do the same.

    June 30, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  50. Lynn

    Beckham distracted by Victoria

    June 30, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  51. Jim2007

    It is all very well to blame the league format, the number of foreign players and so on... But we should remember that other countries face the same problems in respect of the number of foreigners playing for clubs and in fact many of the players on show at the world cup play in the English league and go through the same season as the English team...

    All this causes me to wonder are we missing something, is there another reason..... I just don't know...

    June 30, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  52. abeeku

    The key here is England need a man of God to attach the team

    June 30, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  53. andrew b

    international team manager and club managers jobs are 2 different things. one prepares teams and tactics for 40 matches and the other for a few friendlies, 10 qualifiers and 1 month long tournaments (if you win 7 matches). You get to select the players how want and not what you are given (in the case of clubs with no money).
    That is why not all good club managers making a good transition to national sides and via versa.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  54. Cindy

    'Obviously written by an American'? If an England fan wrote that, well, in the words of one American sportsman, 'You Can't Be Serious'. 🙂

    not sure either way on this one, but agree with the posters re the problems being bigger than the manager, something deeper in general. I don't know what it is about the English sports psyche, but they don't seem to play to win, to have that ruthless attitude – and it's not just football – I mean, look at Henman...had homefield advantage re Wimbledon and never sealed it. Really hope Andy Murray shows English sports culture how to get the job done.

    June 30, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Reply
  55. soccer fan

    English team should be managed by an English period...how stupid it was to let an Italian coaching an English team...no matter how good he was...he has no part with England's soccer team...wake up England...common sense people...common sense

    June 30, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Reply
  56. ekow

    what is this fuss about becks should be given the chance to coach the english. all these coaches(dunga,maradona, beckenbauer) won the world cup as players if an ex-player is needed as coach then they should find someone in the 66 team

    June 30, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Reply
  57. ekow

    what is this fuss about becks should be given the chance to coach the english. all these coaches(dunga,maradona, beckenbauer) won the world cup as players if an ex-player is needed as coach then they should find someone in the 66 team to be a

    June 30, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Reply
  58. jredmond

    people forget that there was time when there was such a thing as a player/manager. Kenny Dalglish did it quite successfully. Beckham is well respected by his peers and knows english football as well as anyone, what more experience could you ask for. Its obvious this old Italian fart can't handle the position, no disrespect

    July 1, 2010 at 12:45 am | Reply
  59. Han Peter

    Hello England , now you have enough time to chew on our German Wurst. I must say being a German , it would not be shameful to loose against a great fooballing nation like England. At the same time it must be pointed out that you guys lost your sense of direction and got blinded in arrogance and over confidence ( only before the game). But never mind its only a game of football , lets sit back and enjoy it!!!

    July 1, 2010 at 1:26 am | Reply
  60. Mark

    Even our little country at the bottom of the world New Zealand, has a coach that is from this little rugby mad nation which has embraced the all whites and football like never before,The reason he(Ricky Herbet) and the All Whites proved that they can put up a fight on the big stage is because he understands our strengths and weaknesses and they are also playing for firstly the love of the game and secondly the passion that they have for there country,not for million dollar pay checks and bonuses(NZFA cant afford these things).So I do think the best thing the English FA could do for the Fans and country is to appoint David Beckham because of the passion that he has for the game and England

    July 1, 2010 at 1:34 am | Reply
  61. HeavenCTP

    It is too early for Beckham to take over the England team. He don't have any experience to be a coach. Everyone knows the experience is the most important thing to a coach. Plus, Does his wife would allow him to do this? It remain to be seen. No matter what, Backham is a great player, but now it is not the time yet. Perhaps 5 more years later.

    July 1, 2010 at 1:44 am | Reply
  62. jon

    hire ferguson

    July 1, 2010 at 1:44 am | Reply
  63. Afternoontea

    It's Elementary .......

    Keep Capello , And Have Him Learn Beckam All His Know's..
    Gaining Capello Populism With The Country . and
    While Taking Off Him, What we Really Paid For .. Which Is To Pass On His Expertise and Knowledge To England

    This Would Help Beckham Most Likely Become A Great English Manger.. And Make It Belivable ... of England Bringing The World Cup Home at Somepoint.... Anypoint

    July 1, 2010 at 2:09 am | Reply
  64. Ari

    Haha, funny article.

    July 1, 2010 at 2:10 am | Reply
  65. Kevin

    Well if its an Englishman you require, why not Harry Redknapp? He's done wonders for Tottenham

    July 1, 2010 at 2:44 am | Reply
  66. Mus

    I think Sir Alex Ferguson is the best candidate, he has years of experience grooming potential young players as well as maximizing the output of great players to another dimension. The important part is, he blends the players strategically into a strong team. This is to me the weak side of Capello.

    I strongly feels England needs Sir Alex Ferguson more that Man United does now, and Man United will do the country a big favor by releasing the great manager.

    And..England needs to groom good goalkeepers from now too.

    July 1, 2010 at 2:58 am | Reply
  67. Raffles

    Didn't England appoint Glenn Hoddle and Kevin Keegan at one point in time to manage the England team? They were superstars in their playing careers but did not quite make it as National team managers.

    July 1, 2010 at 4:40 am | Reply
  68. marcos from Brazil

    Guys let's not flame Capello! He did what he thought was the best and let's face reality... England has no great team... Average at their best... So don't blame Capello because everybody knows that he's an excellent coach but he can't work miracles. Does someone think am I wrong for saying that?

    July 1, 2010 at 4:51 am | Reply
  69. zizou

    Your missing the point here. Argentina, Brazil and Germany appointed managers who are over at least 45 years old...Beckham has a lot of time left before he even applies for the job...He might not even sometimes get the respect from the players which Capello gets...

    July 1, 2010 at 5:10 am | Reply
  70. Tim

    If you really think about it Rooney plays great only when he plays with the likes of Van Nistelroy, Christiano Ronaldo, and Teves who draw close attention from their defenders but when the focal point of defense is solely on him I believe that is when he becomes an ordinary player. I believe the same is the case for Lampard playing with Drogba, Ballack, et. al, and Gerrard with Torres, et. al. Simply put, the current lineup lacked the pace and athletism and they should indeed start looking for talent at the younger pool of U16's and U18's.

    July 1, 2010 at 7:37 am | Reply
  71. MaxLenz

    Maradona & Dunga are World Cup winners.

    Beckham is a World Cup Loser.

    July 1, 2010 at 9:52 am | Reply
  72. Milano

    Agree with MaxLenz:
    Beckham is World Cup Loser
    Maradona, Dunga, Franz are all worldcup winners.

    He hasn't got 1 worldcup medal to his name, he is the biggest football flop in history of football. Please make him England next manager so we can see more mediocre performances from England!

    haahahaha LMAO hahahahaha. I cant stop laughing, I am going to die!

    July 1, 2010 at 11:34 am | Reply
  73. omasikwo chinda

    I think you are right Beckham should be given the chance to lead the English national team. Germany did with Klinsman, Argentina are doing it now with Maradona, Brazil also, so Beckham should be given that chance. He is a born leader, a motivator, he has the all to succeed.

    July 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Reply
  74. Mbuso

    I totally agree that England requires a local coach, as for who is it going to be, I am not sure. Maybe Beckham can be able to do the job

    July 2, 2010 at 6:46 am | Reply
  75. FanFoot

    N-Euro Coming Home Football !!! Great Soccer Song!!! Support Great players!!! N-Euro Coming Home Football !!!

    July 2, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  76. Fahad

    Coaching club and natiional team are two different things, you have more than 30 matches to play for the club and few for the national , Its not right to blame any of the nation manager because they do not play regularly like the way club managers do unless they have coached for a long period without a success.

    July 3, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  77. Edson Arantes Do Nascemento

    Traditionally, good football (soccer) players have no been good coachs with a very few exceptions. For instance, Brazilian Zagalo. Outstanding star players as Beckenbauer, Dunga, Maradona, Coco Basile, Valderrama, Hugo Sanchez, etc failed as coach......This is the reason why Pelé never accepted to be one.

    July 3, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  78. Edson Arantes Do Nascemento

    I don't believe Dunga or Maradona are Cup winners. So far, they played with weakest, second level teams, painfully Italy and France included. Football soccer scholar, pros and vets know the real World Cup start in the final quarters.

    July 3, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  79. Clubwww1

    Life is not a matter of chance…it is a matter of choice.

    England needs a manager that can be Daring, Amiable and has Values. A man that Understands individualism and Duty. A person who is Brave, Enthusiastic someone with Courage, and Knowledge to match. A Hunter disguised as an Architect who treats Motivation as a way of life.

    David Beckham who admittedly has never won a world cup medal, is precise what the world cup is about….the expectation of a nation. If nothing else and you had never meet David Beckham, you at least would respect him for his honesty, integrity and sincerity. Leadership by example…sets the example.

    Is it a chance….of course not…it is simply a choice.

    July 4, 2010 at 1:07 am | Reply
  80. TJ

    When i saw your title i almost choked to death.

    Comparing Beckam to Beckenbauer is an INSULT on the great Kaiser.

    You mentioned Dunga and Maradona, where are they now? Maradona is my legend, but he is the worst thing that happened to Argentina.

    Aside from freekicks and crosses (a pretty face and a famous wife) i dare you to tell me one more thing about Beckham with relations to good football. DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE!! He is a great guy, a wonderful person and an invention of the great English press.

    Capello left out Adam Johnson,Young, Agbonlahor, Walcott and Bent for Hesky,Barry, SWP etc. and nobody complained, not even the "great" beckham.

    The English should just go and hide their heads in shame. The only person that can help them is the Patron Saint of lost causes!!

    July 4, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  81. ed77

    Putting Beckham in charge won't solve England's problem.

    With the current short term focus on success in the Premier League, based on buying foreign players, England will never have any chance. Look at the less than poor performance of the individual players without much more gifted foreigners surrounding them. The goalkeeper situation illustrates this at best.
    What England needs is to refocus on a solid foundation, based on technical and tactical skills taught to young players and giving them a chance in the PL.

    Several clubs and even whole nations, noticeably Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Germany and Holland, have gone this route and take a close look at their results. The opposite is also true, Inter Milan winning the CL with no Italian players. Look at what that does for the Italian squad.

    My solution: come up with a decent plan and execute that. The name of the coach or his celebrity status will be less relevant. There are plenty of good, working, examples in the real world.

    July 5, 2010 at 12:45 am | Reply

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