It’s almost silly season again, but Pete South has a plausible theory that fits in with the ‘Ancelotti to Roma’ rumours that are circulating…
England manager Fabio Capello could find himself with his general manager Franco Baldini when England play against Switzerland on June 4th after speculation grew the Italian is set to join Roma.
Baldini has been a central part to Capelloâ€™s reign as England manager, and was responsible for informing some members of the England squad they didnâ€™t make the squad for their world cup campaign in South Africa.
A US consortium recently completed a takeover of the Italian club, and are said to be targeting Baldini to take over the role of General Manager, a position he held during Capelloâ€™s tenure in the Italian capital, and the temptation of an injection of funds from the new owners into the 6th placed Serie A club could prove to be too much for the 60-year-old with links to the city.
Baldini has always been seen as a crucial link between Capello and the players, and was said to be a central figure in the recent captaincy controversy which saw Rio Ferdinand stripped of the arm-band in favour of ex-captain John Terry, and also spoke to Ferdinand in an attempt to calm the situation.
US tycoon Thomas Di Benedetto, who led the take-over bid of Roma, is a confirmed fan of Baldini and admires his knowledge of the game.
â€œHe is someone who knows his football,â€ he told the press. â€œI like him a lot.â€
The former Real Madrid manager could be left isolated by the departure of Baldini, and after his communication skills were put under the spotlight following criticism from the media for his handling of the captaincy situation. If Baldini were to leave, the man who once said he only required â€œ100 wordsâ€ to communicate his message to his side may be forced into taking up a more involved role.
Baldini is said to be a popular member of the England set up, and if he were to join the Italian giants it would be a blow to Englandâ€™s Euro qualifying campaign. Football bets suggest a possible option for Baldini is to wait until Englandâ€™s qualifying campaign finishes in October after being rumoured to be unwilling to leave Capello high and dry.
England are football betting favourites to qualify for Euro 2012 and currently sit atop of Group G, level on points with Montenegro after four games, with their next opponents Switzerland six points further back in third place.