Sunday, February 12, 2012
There has been a lot of discussion recently about Fabio Capello and his performance as England manager.
Despite the fact that he has the best win rate of any England manager including Alf Ramsey, he was criticize for his poor command of the English language.
In the run up to the game between Man U and Liverpool on Saturday, Sky interviewed both Alex Ferguson and Kenny Dalglish, the respective team managers, and whilst watching this it occurred to me that being able to speak coherent English is definitely not a prerequisite for being a successful football manager.
The managers were both asked a series of questions which I had no problem understanding. So far so good. Both managers replied in what I can only describe as unintelligible drivel.
It wasn't an English that I could understand. I'm not sure if coming from Glasgow is a good grounding for a successful command of the English language (in fact I'm certain that it isn't) but fair to say that anyone who criticizes Capello should also be criticizing the aforementioned club managers.
Frankly it was awful and makes you wonder why anybody would want to interview them.