Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni has backed Fabio Capello’s decision to step down as England manager.
Capello resigned from his post on Wednesday after disagreeing with the FA’s decision to strip John Terry of his captaincy without prior consultation, but his former rival claims he was right in standing by his morals and refusing to be further undermined by his own organisation.
“I did not expect it, but following the media, (Capello’s) stance against Terry assumed there was some turbulence behind closed doors,” Zaccheroni told Sky Sport Italia.
“I think (the saga) has affected the team’s relationship with the FA, not only the case with Terry, but it is up to the manager to establish who is the captain.”
“Respect for each other is the basis of all relationships. Management of the group is up to the coach, so Capello has done well to hold his position.”
Zaccheroni compared the Capello situation with his own at Udinese, where he was faced with a similar dilemma regarding the signing of Brazilian striker Marcio Amoroso from Flamengo in 1996.
“A similar thing happened to me at Udinese. When I was given Marcio Amoroso, he was presented with the number 10 shirt, but I had already given it to (Giovanni) Stroppa, who I had signed the year before,” he said.
“I asked the management to explain the Amoroso decision, and after that he began to wear number seven.”
The former AC Milan and Juventus boss added his opinion on who would succeed Capello in the England hot-seat.
“In regards to his successor, I believe it will be (Harry) Redknapp.”