sacking David Beckham in passing. The guy is really not with it at the moment, still lost in a post World Cup dystopia.
However, much worse are the FA of England. I was at Wmbely last night, one of the big things I noticed was the fact the match sponsorship was only Mars, the rest was FA.com advertising. This is not a good sign, the FA have no big sponsor after backing England to do well in the world cup and not signing up with Nationwide (I think Mr Drew would take issue with their risk analysis on that one, given how poorly England perform at World Cups).
Then the main issue, which is the media and the players have given up on Fabio Capello. But he is locked into a pay scheme of £6 million a year which can't be broken. If I was paid that money I would not walk either!
The wider point here is executive reward, giving contracts is daft when you could employ people on normal rolling terms, or better on rolling one year contracts - certainly ones open to annual review. This problem plagues British business which incur high costs to lose incompetent staff.
Given Martin O'Neil's position the FA must be cursing themselves today that they are stuck with a canny Italian negotiator....