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'Svennis' slams Capello following England draw

AFP/The Local · 15 Oct 2010, 14:24

Published: 15 Oct 2010 14:24 GMT+02:00

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The comments come following England’s disappointing goalless draw in a Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley on Tuesday.

The Swede, now in charge of Championship club Leicester City, led England to two World Cup quarter-finals during his reign and was popular with the players because of his relaxed approach.

In contrast, the no-nonsense Capello has reportedly been known to ignore players when he walks past them. That hands-off style has so far failed to win over the squad and England crashed out of this year's World Cup in the second round.

Eriksson, who skippered England from 2001 through the 2006 World Cup, is convinced Capello would get more from his players if the Italian adopted a laid-back approach.

"I always treated my players like men," Eriksson told The Sun. "I would certainly never walk past a player in the corridor and not speak. Why should I do that? They have to play for you so of course I would speak to them.

"If you want them to do everything they can for you, then you have to treat them with respect.

"Yes, they should always know who is the boss - but they do know that. So treat them as grown-up people.

"The big question for me is - are the players happy? Because in my mind it is all about building the right relationship with your players and creating the right atmosphere.

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"Is that the case with England? I don't know. It is difficult for me to say yes or no because, to know for sure, you have to be close to the situation and I'm on the outside.

"But I believe it is so important that you trust your players and believe they will trust you."

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Your comments about this article

17:07 October 15, 2010 by maxbrando
This is only an issue of style. Are the players just a bunch of babies who need talking to every 2-3 minutes? They are supposed to be grown ups, and acting like adults - and knowing what they are supposed to do - and then doing it.. Eriksson has the "Swedish" mentality. The perfect "nanny". No wonder he failed for England.
17:50 October 15, 2010 by Paddy
Did he? He did a hell of a lot better than his successors!
17:55 October 15, 2010 by inmylife

Failed for England? He was the best manager since 1990. He took England to the last 8 in the World Cup 2002 as well as 2006. There England lost to Brazil 2-1 and Portugal on penalties. Some day you will realise that Eriksson was the best thing that ever happened to England. England will never win anything. That is just the way it is. You should be extremely happy to go as far as the last 8. Nowadays England get knocked out 4-1 by Germany or they do not even qualify. Matches against teams like Montenegro, Algeria and Slovenia are not 3 very clear points any longer.

Sorry but England will never be one of the best in the world. It is an insult to even name England in the same sentence as Germany, Italy, Brazil, Argentina and so on. England are about the same quality as the USA, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, Japan, Uruguay and Serbia.
21:18 October 15, 2010 by Kevin Harris
Managing the England team is a poisoned chalice. In many countries, (particularly Germany) every decision taken in football is taken with the national team in mind. The entire structure is focused on winning the next World Cup.

In England, every decision is made with the big four in the Premier League in mind. The entire structure (including the FA) is focused on making money for them.

The end result is a fantastic Premier League (best in the world?) and a mediocre national team. You can't have both.
21:40 October 15, 2010 by The Nine
I would much rather watch a Capello team than a Sven team. We just played safe boring football under Eriksson. Capello is having a rough patch but and we arent very good at the moment but at least we try to attack.
22:42 October 15, 2010 by Bromma
This is not about who is a better manager, it is really about attitude. How do you expect to motivate players that you ignore, as if they are not worthy of your recognition? Hardly taken from "How to Manage a Team 101".
15:36 October 16, 2010 by Pont-y-garreg
Sven did not "lash out" at Capello. This is a totally hyped-up story made out of nothing. On British TV today (Football Focus) Sven refused to criticise Capello even when the interviewer was obviously hoping for some harsh words.

Sven said that it's impossible to know what the situation is with the team unless you are working with them in the training camp. He was merely stating his own style of leadership. He pointed out that it was not for him to criticise other managers. The journalist who wrote this overblown and exaggerated article is trying to make a story out of nothing.
16:20 October 16, 2010 by maxbrando
The fact is that England, under the Swede, was a miserable failure. Never got close to the finals in any World Cup. He let them underperform. So Brits, basta with the excuses. England is filled with a bunch of losers in World Cup history
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