News of a catastrophic mistake at the Football Association is hitting the headlines this afternoon, after Reading boss Steve Coppell was given the England manager's job instead of the intended recipient, the Italian Fabio Capello.
The amazing news emerged just before 12pm when journalists at a Press conference to announce the appointment of the new manager, realised that Capello wasn't present, and that the tiny ex-Manchester United winger Coppell was.
FA chief executive Brian Barwick told the massed ranks of the world's Press that, as Capello had insisted on bringing his entourage of Italian support staff with him, the FA had not offered him the position, had decided to keep the job English, and appointed the little fella from Norris Green instead.
This would SAVE MONEY, said Barwick.
Coppell takes over from the failed Steve McClaren, and immediately enlisted the services of sacked midget Bolton manager Little Sammy Lee as his assistant.
With Coppell at 4 feet 7 inches - a 'country mile' taller than Lee, who can still get into kids clothes - the duo will be the shortest England management partnership in history, and a darned sight cheaper than Capello, who was reputed to be demanding in excess of £6million per year.
To placate England fans, desperate for success after 'nothing in 40 years', Barwick told the Press that the new duo would be known as Coppelli,
"to give it a Continental feel" he said.
Capello, an avid reader, will take over at the Madejski Stadium on Monday.