The resignation of Fabio Capello from the England managerial position could not have come at a much worse time for the English football Association. It has been almost a month since the resignation of the former Real Madrid manager from the post, but no replacement has been chosen for his position. England U-21 manager Stuart Pearce has been appointed as the caretaker manager for now, but it is highly unlikely that the English fans will be welcoming the appointment of Stuart Pearce on a permanent basis. The Euro 2012 is a major competition and there have been no indications that Stuart Pearce can handle that pressure. England are currently 9/1 when it comes to the Euro 2012 betting.
Stuart Pearce is also going to handle the team-GB as well, which will certainly question the amount of pressure he can handle. The former Manchester City manager, though, has said that the English FA should provide him with a chance to take charge of England at the Euro 2012. He has already failed at a major tournament with the England U-21 team. Stuart Pearce has already created waves by selecting Sunderland striker FrazierCampbell for the squad that will face Holland in a friendly next week.
Stuart Pearce knows Fraizer Campbell well from his experiences of managing the England U-21 team, but it will be interesting to see if the gamble pays off. Campbell only returned to the Sunderland first team after a long period out with many injuries – 18 months to be exact. Pearce has selected a youthful looking forward line up for the Holland friendly. Maybe, Pearce can convince the top level management at the English FA that he is indeed the right man to continue from Fabio Capello. After all, Pearce has had the experience of seeing the England senior squad at a close level during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
England did not qualify for the Euro 2008. Hence, expectations are very much high for the Euro 2012, and it is the responsibility of the English FA to select the right man for the job. Harry Redknapp has been one of the favourites to take over, but the Tottenham manager has refused to take his eyes off the campaign with the North London club. It will be interesting to see if the English FA can persuade Harry Redknapp to take over a job, which he has described to be ‘a dream’.