by Dan Leo for World Football Commentaries
You do it on the presumption that you have exhausted the list of possible domestic candidates and found their credentials lacking. So you interview the best available candidate regardless of his national origin.
Surely, a human resource specialist will recommend any boss to hire the most qualified person for the job, given its budget constraints. Linguistic and cultural differences that a foreign born coach might bring into the equation simply become another variable to be considered, and even those can be a positive influence.
Foreign Managers the Norm in EPL
Following the failure of Kevin Keegan to guide its national team prior to the 2002 World Cup, the English national side likewise had selected a foreign born coach in seven out of the last nine years.
Its most successful hire has been Fabio Capello. Bounced out of his gig with Real Madrid for his pragmatic style, despite winning the championship in the Spanish capital, Capello proved his pedigree with Three Lions.
Don Fabio Silenced His Critics
Once again, success did not elude the Italian boss. He ably dealt not only with the personalities on his squad, but with their wives and girlfriends (AKA WAG's), who created quite a ruckus in the 2006 World Cup held in Germany.
In the 2010 campaign, England has qualified for the 2010 World Cup with two games still left and with a perfect record of eight straight wins. It's already 7 points ahead of the second place team, the previously superior, Croatia.