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

League Cup F‏irst Round - Bolton (22/6/16)

The draw for the first round of the English Football League Cup took place earlier this afternoon.

Exeter Open League Two 2016/17

Blackpool now know that we open the League Two year of 2016/17 at home to Exeter City.

League Cup Draw Wednesday 1pm

Four hours after the Football League fixture list is revealed, the League Cup first round...

Blackpool Appoint CEO

Late yesterday evening Blackpool announced the appointment of our new Chief Executive Officer.

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)

Peterborough MotM
Suggested By:
Doyle10%
White5%
McAlister2%
Robertson2%
Potts5%
Redshaw5%
Aldred52%
Philliskirk7%
Norris5%
Higham2%
Blyth5%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Northampton 46 29 12 5 99 36
P Oxford 46 24 14 8 86 43
P Bristol Rovers 46 26 7 13 85 31
4 Accrington 46 24 13 9 85 26
5 Plymouth 46 24 9 13 81 26
6 Portsmouth 46 21 15 10 78 31
7 Wimbledon 46 21 12 13 75 14
8 Leyton Orient 46 19 12 15 69 -1
9 Cambridge 46 18 14 14 68 11
10 Carlisle 46 17 16 13 67 5
11 Luton 46 19 9 18 66 2
12 Mansfield 46 17 13 16 64 8
13 Wycombe 46 17 13 16 64 1
14 Exeter 46 17 13 16 64 -2
15 Barnet 46 17 11 18 62 -1
16 Hartlepool 46 15 6 25 51 -23
17 Notts County 46 14 9 23 51 -29
18 Stevenage 46 11 15 20 48 -15
19 Yeovil 46 11 15 20 48 -16
20 Crawley 46 13 8 25 47 -33
21 Morecambe 46 12 10 24 46 -22
22 Newport 46 10 13 23 43 -21
R Dag & Red 46 8 10 28 34 -35
R York 46 7 13 26 34 -36
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Blackpool Results (view all)

Blackpool Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Layton_Seasider177
2.Bear195164
3.BobHatton60
4.Albert Ramsbottom49
5.premier 147
6.bfcpete44
7.SeasideEssexXile43
8.whitey194230
9.Hastings25
10.themaclad22