Fabio Capello outlines trials facing England's Roy Hodgson

May 4, 2012
Bill Mann

Meanwhile, Hodgson is set to recruit former colleague Ray Lewington from Fulham

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RATHER you than me, mate. That was the message from Fabio Capello to Roy Hodgson as the former England manager gave his first interview since resigning from the post in February.

Speaking to The Times, the Italian wished his successor well in next month's European Championships but warned him of some of the pitfalls that await.

"As a club manager, you are a manager. As an international manager, you are a selector," said 64-year-old Capello. "You cannot work with and get the best out of the players all the time because some are injured, some are not in a top moment, some are unhappy with their club's position and some have a problem with their manager."

Although Capello guided England through to Euro 2012 without a hitch, his four years in charge of the national side will be best remembered for the dispiriting display at the 2010 World Cup when his side failed to beat Algeria and the USA before being humbled 4-1 by Germany in the last 16.

Capello, who hasn't worked since resigning in February following the FA's decision to sack John Terry as captain, acknowledged that he hadn't always got everything right during his reign but claimed that was because "it's not a normal job. It's difficult to create something".

Nonetheless Capello said he had left England in a better state than when he took over the reins from Steve McClaren in January 2008 shortly after England had failed to qualify for Euro 2008. "I'm happy with the job I did for England. I hope that England will be one of the best teams at the Euros and they can show my job was really good."

Meanwhile the Daily Mail claims that Hodgson is set to jettison Stuart Pearce from his role with the senior squad ahead of next month's Euros and replace him with Fulham first-team coach Ray Lewington. The new England manager worked with Lewington at Craven Cottage for three years, guiding the club to the 2010 Europa League final, and Hodgson is apparently keen to resurrect the partnership.
Pearce on the other hand will be released so he can focus on coaching the Team GB XI at the London Olympics.

One other name thrown into the mix as a possible member of Hodgson's new backroom staff is Alan Shearer. Asked on Thursday if there was any truth in the rumours linking him with Hodgson, the former England captain replied: "Roy will know who he wants to work with and that's all I can say. I'm not prepared to say what you guys want me to say."

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