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Fabio Capello resigns as England boss after FA meeting

February 9, 2012

England manager Fabio Capello has resigned, as confirmed by the Football Association.

Capello quit at the end of a meeting held at Wembley Stadium with the FA’s chairman David Bernstein. On Monday, the Italian, aged 65, publicly challenged the Football Association’s decision to take the national team’s captaincy from John Terry.

Bernstein stressed that throughout the meeting and Capello’s time at the helm, the coach conducted himself in a manner that was extremely professional. A media conference conducted by Bernstein will take place today at 1200 GMT and will be also be held at Wembley Stadium. Until then, the Football Association won’t make any further comment on the matter.

Yesterday’s meeting marked the first time that Capello had met the governing body since the decision was made to take the captain’s armband from Chelsea star Terry, who continues to deny the charge levelled against him for allegedly racially abusing Anton Ferdinand of QPR. Last weekend, Capello told Italian state broadcaster RAI of his disbelief that someone must be punished by a ruling sporting authority such as the FA before any verdict has been reached at court.

Capello, whose first match in charge was against Switzerland just over four years ago, will be replaced by ex-international and current England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce for the senior team’s friendly against Holland at Wembley Stadium on 29 February.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is among the leading candidates to take over full-time once the Premier League finishes, although it has been suggested Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will not let his man go without a fight.

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