Stuart Pearce: Capello reminds me of Clough

Fabio Capello’s work methods with England are reminiscent of the late, great Brian Clough, according to assistant and U21 boss Stuart Pearce. The Italian completed 12 months in charge of the Three Lions in January, ending the year on a high with the 2-1 success in Berlin against Germany England’s fifth victory in a row, including an unblemished start to the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign. And former Nottingham Forest full-back Pearce, who assists Capello along with Franco Baldini and Italo Galbiati, sees a lot of his former boss at the City Ground in the England head honcho. “As a manager, Fabio is disciplined, very hardworking and very demanding of both his players and his staff,” he says in an exclusive interview in the new issue of FourFourTwo magazine, in shops now.   “Working with him, you have to keep your standards high because you feel as though you are being judged on everything you do and if you don’t get it right he’ll tell you straight away. “In many ways, he reminds 
me of Brian Clough because 
he likes to keep the game very simple. He doesn’t over complicate things. It’s up to the players to go out and express their ability." Like Old Big 'Ead, Capello has forged a successful career out of maintaining a no-nonsense attitude and disciplined approach with his players, winning Serie A titles with AC Milan and Roma and the La Liga title on two separate occasions with Real Madrid. And it is a mantra proving just as successful coaching the English national team with, says Pearce, the Italian's ideology to treat each individual the same, regardless of their importance to the team, paying dividends. “If you’re not pulling your weight, whether you’re the captain or the youngest player, you’ll be told,” he says. “The players know there’s an even playing field. They also know if they play well they’ll get in the team. Players like to work under those criteria because they know where they stand. If they are good enough they will play. “But even the most senior players, including the captain, know that if they don’t play well, they could be dropped. It’s the best way to keep players on the edge of their comfort zone, performing at their best.” Read the full exclusive interview with Stuart Pearce, as well as a detailed analysis of Fabio Capello’s first year in charge of England, in the March issue of FourFourTwo magazine, out now.

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