What does Fabio Capello have in common with the managers of Brazil, Argentina, France, Chile, Ivory Coast, South Korea, Denmark, Ghana, Serbia, USA, Slovenia, Paraguay, Algeria, Honduras, Slovakia, Uruguay, North Korea and Nigeria?
Capello earns the same amount as all the others. Put together.
Yes, according to Spanish paper Marca, for the same price as the England manager you could afford a brains trust of the bosses from 18 of our World Cup rivals.
The £6.1 million Capello gets paid every year is more than three times the amount earned by the next best-rewarded boss - his countryman, World Cup-winning Italy coach Marcello Lippi.
On the face of things, it looks like a shocking waste of money and another example of outrageous largesse from the suits at Wembley. But then you look at the managers of the major teams named in the above list.
There's Raymond Domenech and Diego Maradona, two of world football's bigger laughing stocks, and two men who have ensured their countries have significantly less chance of winning the tournament than they ought to. And there's Dunga, who appears to have done a good job with Brazil so far but is as yet unproven at squeaky-bum time.
Capello, on the other hand, has won Serie A seven times with three teams, La Liga twice in separate spells at Real Madrid, and the Champions League twice.
As and when England get themselves into a pickle in South Africa - and they certainly will - ED trusts Capello will know what to do. He cannot guarantee success, but he can provide clear, logical decision-making when it matters.
International football can be a frustrating business. The players you have are the players you have. If you don't have a quality goalkeeper there is nothing you can do - except possibly make overtures to a screaming mediocrity like Manuel Almunia.
While clubs can spent hundreds of millions on new players, countries have much less room for manoeuvre.
The manager is the single most important member of staff a football team has, and that is magnified when you cannot change your players.
The FA reported operating costs of £245 million in 2008. Early Doors has no problem whatsoever with spending about 2.5 per cent of that on a manager.
If - and this an 'if' so big you can see it from space - you have the right manager in place, then £6m a year is a bargain.
As well as being something worth doing in its own right, winning the World Cup is the single biggest thing that can happen to boost grass-roots participation, increase public goodwill and bring in global sponsors. It is the silver bullet.
ED reckons England and France have roughly equivalent squads. Yet while the Three Lions are third favourites for the World Cup at a best-price 6/1, Les Bleus can be backed 18/1 - the bookies reckon we have a 14.3 per cent chance of winning the World Cup, and the French just 5.3 per cent.
Why the difference? Are France being punished for the sins of Thierry Henry? Are England just over-rated (well, a bit)? Or is it due almost entirely to the yawning gap in competence between the two managers?
So, if it costs 14 times more to employ Capello than Domenech, fine. Put simply, any time you have the chance to spend £6m-a-year on somebody who makes you three times more likely to win the World Cup, you have to do it.
WORLD CUP MANAGERS' PAY LEAGUE
1-Fabio Capello (England) - £6.1m
2-Marcello Lippi (Italy) - £1.8m
3-Bert van Marwijk (Netherlands) - £1.7m
4-Ottmar Hitzfeld (Switzerland) - £1.6m
5-Joachim Loew (Germany) - £1.4m
6-Vicente Del Bosque (Spain) - £1.4m
7-Carlos Queiroz (Portugal) - £1.2m
8-Pim Verbeek (Australia) - £1.1m
8-Javier Aguirre (Mexico) - £1.1m
8-Carlos Alberto Parreira (South Africa) - £1.1m
11-Dunga (Brazil) - £750,000
12-Diego Maradona (Argentina) - £740,000
12-Takeshi Okada (Japan) - £740,000
12-Ricki Herbert (New Zealand) - £740,000
15-Otto Rehhagel (Greece) - £710,000
16-Paul Le Guen (Cameroon) - £590,000
17-Marcelo Bielsa (Chile) - £520,000
18-Vahid Halilhodzic (Ivory Coast) - £460,000
19-Raymond Domenech (France) - £440,000
20-Huh Jung Moo (South Korea) - £370,000
21-Morten Olsen (Denmark) - £350,000
22-Milovan Rajevic (Ghana) - £330,000
23-Radomir Antic (Serbia) - £280,000
24-Bob Bradley (USA) - £250,000
25-Matjaz Kek (Slovenia) - £220,000
25-Gerardo Martino (Paraguay) - £220,000
25-Rabah Saadane (Algeria) - £220,000
25-Reinaldo Rueda (Honduras) - £220,000
29-Vladimir Weiss (Slovakia) - £190,000
30-Oscar Tabarez (Uruguay) - £180,000
31-Kim Jonh Hun (North Korea) - £150,000
32-Shaibu Amodu (Nigeria) - £110,000
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September: "Barcelona are a great club. It is a beautiful city and I like Spain a lot. Who would not want to play for them? No player could say no."
October: "Of course I would like to play for Barca. Who would not? We could have so much fun. It is an honour that they want me: it fills my heart with pride."
November: "Let me make one thing clear: I will not talk about a hypothetical transfer, out of respect for Manchester City."
December: "I am very happy here. I think I stay here five years or 10 years, I don't know. My family is very happy, the fans love me and I love the fans."
RUMOUR OF THE DAY: Dean Ashton is to sue Chelsea over the challenge that effectively ended his career. While ED is, in principle, in favour of suing Chelsea at every opportunity, it feels compelled to point out: a) It was a tackle in training for England, b) It was by Shaun Wright-Phillips, who no longer plays for Chelsea and, c) It's football. Sometimes people get injured.
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The Brazilian, who was the magazine's World Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005, finished ahead of Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Real Madrid.