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FA want Capello successor to be English

August 16, 2010
By Soccernet staff

England intend to appoint an English coach when Fabio Capello leaves, according to Club England managing director Adrian Bevington - one of the most influential voices within the FA.

Fabio Capello faces the press on Monday
GettyImages / MichaelReganFabio Capello has found himself under pressure following England's World Cup failure.

Bevington also conceded that Capello needs to improve the lines of communication with his players after the David Beckham debacle that played out last week.

Capello revealed in a television interview that he was set to bring the curtain down on Beckham's international career, having not previously informed the player, prompting a rash of criticism over the manager's conduct and suggestions that he was losing his grip on the England job.

Now Bevington has done nothing to quell that speculation by discussing the criteria laid out for Capello's successor.

"I think the England team should be managed by an English manager in the future," Bevington told BBC Five Live. "That's the view in the discussions I have been involved in."

Capello survived England's disastrous World Cup - where they exited in the second round after being thrashed by Germany - but an unconvincing win over Hungary in a friendly, coupled with Martin O'Neill's departure from Aston Villa, has increased the pressure on him ahead of the 2012 European Championships qualifying campaign.

"A lot of people have a very different view of Capello to the one they had before the World Cup," Bevington said. "Our job is to support him as best we can. Maybe we can help and maybe now is the time to improve communication between manager and players."