So Fabio has gone!
The mistake the FA made when they appointed Fabio was thinking that putting a good manager in charge of the players would help create a great team.
But you can’t expect a chef to create a great meal with rotten ingredients.
And Fabio Capello couldn’t create a great team with overrated, overpaid and in the end, rotten players.
It is not surprising that the root cause of his downfall was a player who has caused and continues to cause ruffles and ructions wherever he goes. In his annoyance against the FA stripping John Terry of the England captaincy, Fabio Capello showed misplaced loyalty to a player whose very actions show little respect for the thoughts or feelings of anyone else. Capello would have been better off without him.
Whether England will be better off without Capello is open to question – and millions of words will be written in trying to answer it.
For now, it’s farewell to Fabio, but we’re still stuck with Terry.