As a role model, JT has failed youngsters’

PUBLISHED: 15:29 10 February 2010 | UPDATED: 11:02 12 August 2010

KEY figures in the borough s football arena give their verdict on the game s hottest topic: Was Fabio Capello right to sack John Terry as

KEY figures in the borough's football arena give their verdict on the game's hottest topic: "Was Fabio Capello right to sack John Terry as England captain?"

Mark Goldberg, Bromley manager: "As captain of your country you have to represent it both on and off the field and John Terry has failed.

"There are other members of that squad with leadership qualities and Fabio Capello will be able to replace him with any one of these.

"Like it or not, he was in a position were he was a role model and he has failed youngsters who will have looked up to him and wanted to become a professional."

Steve Bailey, secretary of Charlton Athletic Supporters Club, Greenwich, branch: "If you are representing your country in any way, let alone the captain, you should display exemplary behaviour.

"He is probably on a par with a Prime Minister. If you look at our past captains, we are talking about people of integrity and moral standing.

"We are in the age of money and greed but people have got to have some respect and no one is bigger than the team."

Stephen Eighteen, Millwall fanzine The Lion Roars editor and Times columnist: "I don't think Fabio Capello did the right thing because it sets a precedent and now we could potentially see other captains being removed before other important competitions.

"What he should have done is said that he was reviewing the situation and made a considered decision when all the hysteria had died down.

"People are wrong to view players as role models, family members should be role models. In terms of looking for role models from within the current England squad I think that is a mistake because a number of them have well-documented flaws."

James Daly, editor of Crystal Palace 5 Year Plan fanzine, said: "Personally, I didn't think he was the right candidate for the job in the first place.

"It is not the first time he has been surrounded by controversy and as the captain of your country you should be squeaky clean.

"I don't think footballers should be considered as role models at all because for 40 years they have been embroiled in things like this.

"That is not saying that all of them are bad people, far from it. Most are great lads, but there are better people for kids to look up to."

Jamie Day, Welling manager: "I would have let the England players decide because he is their leader.

"I don't agree with what he has done and the England captain should set a good example but ultimately it is a personal matter between the parties involved.

"When you have a group of 20 players, incidents do happen and people have problems with each other but as a professional you want to win, always.

"If the players voted to keep him because it maximises their chances of winning the World Cup this summer I would have had to keep him.

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