Roeder has sympathy for Capello's plight

Former Norwich boss Glenn Roeder believes the allegations over England and Chelsea skipper John Terry's private life have put Three Lions' chief Fabio Capello in an 'incredibly difficult position'.

Former Norwich boss Glenn Roeder believes the allegations over England and Chelsea skipper John Terry's private life have put Three Lions' chief Fabio Capello in an 'incredibly difficult position'.

The Italian yesterday flew into the country ahead of scheduled talks with Terry over his future as England captain following newspaper revelations surrounding his private life that also involve former Chelsea team mate Wayne Bridge.

'They certainly don't teach you how to deal with things like this on the Pro Licence course,' said Roeder, who was part of Glenn Hoddle's England coaching team during the France 1998 World Cup. 'In all my years as a player and a manager, I haven't ever come across a comparable situation at any of my clubs. We all know footballers like young ladies and some of them have terrible reputations in that respect but this sort of thing is far too close to home, it's really playing with fire. It's totally unacceptable behaviour. Personally, I believe Premier League and England players have a responsibility to set certain standards.'

Roeder believes Capello's famed man management skills now face a serious test.

'There's a view among male journalists and fans that everyone involved should just shrug their shoulders and get on with it,' said Roeder in an article with the Guardian. 'But I'm not sure that's realistic. Footballers are human beings with feelings. It seems Wayne Bridge has been really badly hurt but it will be very difficult for Fabio Capello to support both him and John Terry.

'In a club situation, you'd get one of the pair out of the door as soon as possible. Being cynical, the player that a manager would keep would be the one who is more valuable to the team but, in an England context, that would seem extremely unfair on Wayne. Fabio Capello's in an incredibly difficult position.'

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