Capello's pragmatism continues as he quits England

STUART CONDIE AP Sports Writer Published:

LONDON (AP) -- Fabio Capello's decision to quit as England coach might just be another example of the pragmatism that has defined his managerial career.

Publicly dismayed by the Football Association's decision to fire John Terry as captain without his agreement, Capello was facing the possibility of taking an unhappy and unsettled squad to this year's European Championship.

He had already suffered widespread public criticism following the 2010 World Cup, when his inflexible tactics and the England players' inability or unwillingness to implement them fully contributed toward an embarrassing early exit.

Capello's resignation now means there's no chance of another stain upon what was an almost flawless coaching record before he took the England job in 2007.