Former Liverpool defender, Jamie Carragher, has spoken out on his reasons for not taking the plunge into being a manager following the end of his career.
Speaking to Sky Sports for their Off Script programme, Carragher described how certain aspects of the job put him off ever being a manager.
Carragher has been lauded at times for in-depth punditry on Sky Sports. Along with Gary Neville, the former Liverpool man has become a key fixture on Monday Night Football.
However, Carragher admits he has been asked about management a lot. But rather than be interested in a job, he explained there are too many things putting him off.
“My first thought would be that it’s a hassle. Gerard Houllier told me there is so much hassle and stress along the way”, Carragher said.
“I always think you’ve got to play the actor. Speaking to players and getting them onside who you possibly don’t rate or don’t like. I don’t think I’d be as cut out as many people think I would be. I sometimes look at it and think it’s probably best I stayed away from it.”
Carragher has seen a number of former teammates head into management. Steven Gerrard has done well with Rangers, while Xabi Alonso is currently learning his trade back in Spain.
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In fairness to Carragher here, he spoke openly and honestly about his reasons and it made sense.
Furthermore, why would he leave his job with Sky to put himself through the rigours of management? Carragher talks further in the interview about not being prepared to let management take over his life.
That comment says all you need to know about his attitude to stepping into the dug-out. Moving into management and then coming out badly would set him back.
Carragher is best off staying put and continuing to do his best working for Sky.