Is there any way of justifying Capello’s £1.5m pay-off?


Fabio Capello’s recent departure as England manager wasn’t all bad news for the Italian.  He knew full well that even after four years of working closely with his talented squad Euro 2012 was still out of reach, therefore deciding to jump ship and with it a reported one-and-a-half million pound pay off from the FA.  But can that hefty pay off really be justified? Of course laws in place make sure he will receive it but it doesn’t seem quite so fair for a man who never excelled in the job.

It’s interesting to compare Capello’s case to that of Carlo Ancelotti who in his first season in charge at Chelsea achieved the double with an ageing but talented squad.  He took no time to settle into the English game even though it provided new surroundings and a different style of football to adapt to.  He took it in his stride however and delivered exactly what was required.  It’s Ancelotti’s first season in charge which makes his second season sacking so remarkable.  A man with his record should not have been treated so disrespectfully and harshly.  However, Ancelotti still gained a reported six million pounds in compensation to cover his final year in his contract.

It’s the differences in the two cases however which provide the talking point.  In Ancelotti’s case it can be severely argued the former AC Milan coach deserved such a hefty pay off for what he achieved so fantastically in his first season. 

Capello however cannot claim such royalty, no way has the Italian done enough in his torrid time as England boss to warrant a parting gift of over a million pounds sitting comfortably in his deep pockets.

You could argue that had Capello perhaps achieved something more than an embarrassing thrashing at the hands of the vibrant Germans and advanced further in South Africa he would be entitled to the generous package, but no he failed miserably.  Something you could not claim of Ancelotti who perhaps suffered just one of those seasons filled with bad luck and promise set against the undeniable interference of the owners, especially in the case when signing Fernando Torres, a man who had deteriorated so alarmingly.

So could it be the time for Chairman’s and owners to begin implementing certain clauses into expensive manager’s contracts suggesting that any pay off will be determined by the results on the pitch and not the amount of days to run on their redundant contract? I believe it should, then maybe we will see managers trying their hardest to succeed as they will be even more motivated by money, the ever-growing trend these days.

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