Vital Football

Latest Blackpool FC News

Carragher England comments are bitter and naive

Carragher England comments are bitter and naive
Jamie Carragher has come across as a very bitter man today as he once again wades into the national team managerial debate.

In an interview with TalkSport, the Liverpool defender lambasts the FA for appointing foreign managers of England, labelling it as 'embarrassing'.

Interestingly, many pundits have previously stated that a player turning his back on his country is also an embarrassment; something Carragher is supremely guilty of.

But putting that fact aside, his ill-timed comments come across as naive and unhelpful, with Fabio Capello's men going into a crucial Euro2012 qualify with Montenegro tomorrow night.

Carragher, who made his international debut under Kevin Keegan in 1999, said: 'It's a form of cheating in international football and it's a bit embarrassing.

'It's different for developing countries in Africa and elsewhere, who are trying to build the game up but, for England, such a big football nation, I don't think we should have a foreign manager.'

The 33-year-old was overlooked in his preferred central defensive role under Sven-Goran Eriksson and has had an indifferent relationship with foreign managers ever since.

He actually retired from international football under Steve McClaren but reversed his decision after Fabio Capello talked him back into the fold for the 2010 World Cup. And somewhat bizarrely Carragher says his comments aren't negative towards the current England boss.

'I've got nothing against Capello, I went to the World Cup and got to know him, but that's not what international football is. It's like saying if our keeper's not good enough, we'll go and get (Gianluigi) Buffon from Italy,' he said, overlooking the fact that many countries - including the great France team of 1998 - use players born in other countries. Not to mention his cricketing counterparts, who are number one in the world with stars from Australia and South Africa in their ranks.

In fairness to Carragher, he has been unfortunate throughout his career not to have made more of his time with England and should've accumulated far more caps than he'll end with. Defenders perceived as more stylish (see Rio Ferdinand) have always been first on the team sheet.

However, the timing of the comments show his apparent lack of respect for the current regime and his former teammates.

He ended by saying: 'If every club had an English manager, someone would have to win the league! Someone would have to win the FA Cup! And then they'd accumulate these trophies,' forgetting that in that instance trophies would not equal ability whatsoever.

I've not even pointed out that Kenny Dalglish isn't English.

Unfortunately, all credence he may have yielded went out the window when he seemingly backed the decision to hire Capello in 2008: 'Capello had an aura and presence that maybe McClaren didn't have.'

So what does he want? A manager with solid experience at winning trophies or one who wins in stagnant competition?

Hypothetically, what if Sir Alex Ferguson or Martin O'Neill wanted to take the England reins? Would Jamie have a problem with that?

Carragher has been shown up for being akin to a bull in a china shop with his ill-thought out comments, which do not add to any debate at all and serve as a hindrance to English football.

Reasoned arguments and solutions are what is needed, but Carragher comes across as someone who is disenchanted and bitter after his lacklustre international career.

Writer:Editor
Date:Thursday October 6 2011
Time: 2:13PM

Comments

0
I don’t agree with your comments here. By not being English, I can see where he is coming from and empathise with his one team, one dream. Slightly ill timed but my cynical side comes out, is sport about sport anymore? Money has ruined football.......and success seems to follow it quickly. Maybe England need to get back being England........... And try to be everything to everyone
AustralianSeasider
06/10/2011 14:53:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Blackpool Articles

Blackpool v Brackley Town - Follow Live On Twitter

Blackpool are at Bloomfield Road with Brackley Town the visitors today, this will be a 3pm kick-off.

FA Cup Ball Numbers Known (3/12/16)

With FA Cup second round ties taking place this weekend, the ball numbers for the third round draw of the competition have now been allocated.

Vital Preview - FA Cup, 2nd-5th December 2016

The 2016-17 FA Cup season continues with the second round this weekend. We'll be taking part with the aim of continuing our progress in this world famous competition.

500,000+ Season Tickets Sold In 2016/17

More than 500,000 Season Tickets were sold in the Football League pyramid for the 2016/17 season.

Archived Vital Blackpool Articles

Vital Blackpool articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Blackpool
Write For Vital Blackpool
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Blackpool v Brackley Town
Suggested By:
Blackpool win67%
Brackley Town win33%
Draw0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Carlisle 19 10 8 1 38 14
2 Plymouth 19 12 2 5 38 8
3 Doncaster 18 11 3 4 36 13
4 Portsmouth 19 9 4 6 31 12
5 Luton 19 8 7 4 31 10
6 Wycombe 19 8 4 7 28 1
7 Blackpool 19 7 6 6 27 11
8 Barnet 19 6 9 4 27 0
9 Grimsby 19 7 5 7 26 2
10 Crewe 19 6 8 5 26 -3
11 Cambridge 19 7 4 8 25 -2
12 Mansfield 19 6 7 6 25 -4
13 Yeovil 18 7 4 7 25 -4
14 Stevenage 17 7 3 7 24 0
15 Colchester 19 6 5 8 23 1
16 Crawley 18 6 5 7 23 -6
17 Morecambe 19 7 2 10 23 -13
18 Hartlepool 19 5 7 7 22 -4
19 Notts County 19 6 4 9 22 -8
20 Accrington 19 5 6 8 21 -5
21 Exeter 19 6 2 11 20 -5
22 Leyton Orient 19 5 3 11 18 -5
23 Cheltenham 19 3 9 7 18 -8
24 Newport 18 4 5 9 17 -5
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Blackpool Results (view all)

Blackpool Fixtures (view all)

Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Stevenage (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Dec 17 2016 3:00PM : Luton Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Dec 26 2016 3:00PM : Hartlepool United (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Dec 31 2016 3:00PM : Grimsby Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Jan 2 2017 3:00PM : Mansfield Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Jan 7 2017 3:00PM : Crawley Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Bear195111
2.Layton_Seasider7
3.BobHatton6
4.SeasideEssexXile6
5.premier 16
6.nunu2
7.liverpoolseasider2
8.Hastings2
9.nodrogaty1
10.BFCSupportersTrust1
The Vital Football Members League