Fabio Capello rocked the world of English soccer by resigning as manager of England's national team on Wednesday. The move leaves England without a coach and a captain just four months before this summer's European Championships.
His decision to walk away from one of soccer's most prestigious jobs stems from a dispute with the England's Football Association (FA). Its board decided to strip John Terry of the captaincy on Friday — against Capello's wishes — even though his court case has yet to be resolved.
Capello went on television in his native Italy on Sunday, and publicly disagreed with the FA's decision. He offered his resignation in Wednesday's emergency meeting, and FA bosses accepted it.
What started in 2007 as a marriage of convenience ended, as expected, when things got too hot for both parties to handle. The FA must now choose someone to prepare England for Euro 2012, someone to lead the team during the tournament itself, and someone to take charge on a permanent basis.
NESN.com's soccer editor Marcus Kwesi O'Mard and assistant editor Dan Duquette Jr. discuss these developments in the above video.