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Neville “killed any hope” of Carragher making step into football management

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has revealed how Gary Neville “killed any hope” he had of making the step into football management.

Since retiring from playing, Carragher has been seen every week in the Sky Sports studio.

The former defender is now regarded as one of the best pundits in the game along with close pal and colleague Gary Neville.

But his on-screen partner did also try his hand outside of the cosy studio, having taken the job as Valencia manager in 2015.

Neville didn’t exactly have the most successful of times in Spain though, and was sacked less than six months into his tenure with Valencia lying all the way down in 14th place in La Liga.

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher are Sky Sports colleagues

And Carragher admits that watching Neville flop has all but secured his future away from the dugout.

“The only good thing about Neville going to Valencia is if I ever go into management, I can’t get be worse,” he told The Robbie Fowler Podcast.

“I can only do better than him. So I can’t get any stick from him to be honest. But he’s killed any hope of any Sky Sports pundit ever getting another job hasn’t he!”

The Man United legend spent four months as manager of the La Liga side, winning just 10 of his 28 games
The Man United legend spent four months as manager of the La Liga side, winning just 10 of his 28 games

There is also the small matter that Carragher thinks he wasn’t made for management or coaching as he would fall out with his players too much.

“I don’t think I’d be a good coach or manager,” the 43-year-old went on. “Maybe a coach – but I think if I was involved in football, I’d have to be the manager because of the way I played the game.

Carragher was speaking on The Robbie Fowler Podcast
Carragher was speaking on The Robbie Fowler Podcast

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“It would have to be decisions and my way of doing things. Management isn’t just about knowing football, it’s managing people. And I think thats where I’d have a problem. I really do.

“I was very sharp with my tongue when I was a footballer. I never held back in saying anything to anyone on a football pitch.

“Winning for me was more important than friendships on a football pitch. Winning for Liverpool was more important than anything for me.

“I think I’d have a tendency to fall out with people.”




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