Jamie Carragher was one of those footballers who seemed the perfect fit for management.
He’s a leader, speaks his mind, knows football inside out and is tactically intelligent. Plus, he played under multiple top Liverpool and England managers during his playing career.
But our former centre-back now works for Sky, for whom he’s become a much heralded pundit – and by the looks of it – he won’t be taking up a position in charge of a club for quite some time.
Carragher says this is because he doesn’t want to end up hating the game, as many ex-players turned managers eventually do.
“I see so many managers now who have become bitter. They despise the game and I never want to be like that,” he wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
“It leaves me feeling that going into TV rather than heading into management was the best decision I ever made.
“Critics say heading to a studio is the easy option and I’m sure they would say that about Steven, Frank and Ryan if they did that too but I can assure you — just as they could — playing at the highest level for 18 years was anything but plain sailing.”
Part of us thinks Carragher is wasting his talents on the studio, but Gary Neville’s embarrassing attempts at management in Spain perhaps serve as a warning. At some point, we’d love the Scouser to return to Liverpool and take up a role at he club again though.
Steven Gerrard is soon to be appointed a youth coach and it’d be terrific if his old team-mate could eventually join him on the backroom staff.