Fabio Capello is refusing to rush a decision on staying as England managerPICTURE: GETTY IMAGES
Harry cut for England job as Capello hangs on
FABIO CAPELLO has been told by the Football Association that no decision will be made on whether he will remain as England manager for two weeks, but bookmakers expect him to survive until at least the start of next season.
There are growing calls for Capello to be sacked after he refused to resign in the wake of England’s humiliating 4-1 World Cup loss at the hands of Germany on Sunday, although he is 1-2 with Paddy Power to be at the helm when the Three Lions begin their 2010-11 campaign against Hungary on August 11.
Ladbrokes rate the Italian 6-4 to have departed by the time the serious business of Euro 2012 qualification begins with a date against Bulgaria at Wembley in early September, while there was already a lively market on Capello’s successor as the shambolic squad flew home on Monday night.
Harry Redknapp quickly announced he would not turn down the job if offered the position and the early market leader strengthened to 100-30 from 7-2, while second favourite Roy Hodgson was also clipped from 4-1 to 7-2 as punters anticipated an English replacement.
David Beckham was also the subject of support and is 28-1 from 50-1 with Paddy Power and 16-1 from 33-1 with Hills, but Boylesports are still offering 33-1 and Arsene Wenger (33-1 in to 20-1) is another to have caught the eye.
Whoever eventually takes over from Capello faces a mammoth task if that is not reflected in the outright prices for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Hills are going a desperate 10-1 and Bet365 and Ladbrokes are only slightly better, offering a top-priced 12-1 that England are triumphant in four years’ time.
European teams are going to struggle to adapt to life in South America in the next finals and nobody in their right mind should consider backing England at anything shorter than 20-1.
Of more immediate concern will be Euro 2012, and a number of bookmakers are betting on how many of Sunday’s flops are still in the team to face Bulgaria.
Veteran goalkeeper David James is one who is unlikely to survive, while Matthew Upson, James Milner and Jermain Defoe may struggle to keep their places.
Stan James make their line at over/under 7.5 changes, while Bet365 go one lower, and judging by Hills’ and Boylesports’ quotes they are expectingbetween five and seven changes.
Some have called for a complete overhaul of the squad with a number of young guns tipped to make a breakthrough in the qualifying campaign and Joe Hart is Bet365’s 7-4 favourite to be goalkeeper come September.
However, Hills may have over-estimated the chances of major surgery to the squad.
Fabian Delph is 5-6 not to start a qualifier, which must be value given the Aston Villa man won’t play until 2011 at the earliest because of a cruciate injury suffered in April.
And Michael Mancienne should be much shorter than 2-5 not to start. He is nowhere near good enough and nor is Emile Heskey, who can be backed at 5-2 to fail to start a Euro 2012 qualifier.
Read Tuesday's RPSPORT for Mark Langdon's guide to the potential successors to Fabio Capello as England boss
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