With the news emerging in the last couple of days that West Bromwich Albion boss Roy Hodgson is in talks to become the next England manager, one cannot help but think that the FA have handled the whole situation rather poorly.
Fabio Capello resigned nearly three months ago, and the team has seemed almost adrift in the wake of the announcement on Feb. 8. It is unusual for an association to take this long to appoint a successor, although it could be argued that given the safety of England's position at Euro 2012, urgency was rightfully dispensed with in favour of making the right choice after appropriate consideration.
However, England were without a manager at a time when it needed leadership the most in the wake of the John Terry-Anton Ferdinand racism debacle (it is important to distinguish from the many other cases where Terry has proven himself to be a disgrace to football). In fact, given his recent ill-fated attempt to take Alexis Sanchez out of the Champions League semi-final with a well-placed knee to the posterior, Capello must feel a bit silly leaping to his erstwhile captain's defense so quickly.