England will win nothing under Fabio Capello, or for that matter any foreign manager, according to the General Manager of Germany, Oliver Bierhoff.
Former German international striker Bierhoff, now working alongside national team boss Joachim Low and the German FA, believes that a foreign boss can’t create the same kind of spirit, nor communicate with their players in the needed manner if they aren’t coached by one of their own.
It was Germany who dismantled England in the second round at last years World Cup in South Africa, destroying Fabio Capello’s side 4-1, with a performance full of energy, vibrancy and flair, whilst England, according to Bierhoff, looked bereft of spirit and unity.
“There was not much communication and atmosphere and team spirit in the English team” said Bierhoff.
“You have quality players, but you could see they weren’t communicating, they couldn’t find the power in themselves and this was the biggest difference.”
Bierhoff contrasted the 2010 England side with the 1996 vintage, who, lead by Terry Venables, were beaten in the semi-finals of Euro 96 by Germany.
“In this tournament [in South Africa] it seemed the worst,” added Bierhoff.
“In 1996 they were very motivated and staying together.”
England have been under the rule of Capello since his appointment in 2008, whilst Sven Goran Eriksson, the Swede, was coach between 2001-06. And whilst Englishman Steve McClaren was a failure during his two-year tenure in between, Bierhoff believes that an English coach would understand the English team better.
“For sure it helps” Bierhoff surmised.
“Because then he is thinking more about what happens in the country and in the federation and is not a project manager coming in for five days to coach the team.”