Sky Sports analyst Jamie Carragher has explained why he chose punditry over football management.
The former Liverpool skipper joined Sky Sports in 2013 after retiring fgrom the professional game and along with Gary Neville he helped revolutionise football punditry via Sky’s Monday Night Football show.
Carragher and former Manchester United defender Gary Neville have a close rapport on screen, but unlike Neville, Carragher has never been tempted to chance his arm in management.
Neville had an ill-fated four-month spell at Valencia, losing 11 of his the 28 games in charge before being sacked in March 2016 and Carragher points to the damage done to two of his former boss’ as to the reason he never fancied it.
When asked if he considered becoming a boss, Carragher said: “The two biggest managers for me in my career were Gerard Houllier for six years and Rafa Benitez for six years.
“So for 12 years of my career there were those two managers, the two biggest influences on me, love them, great respect for them, but I always say the man who came into Liverpool, who I was so impressed with, was not the man who left.
“The job had killed them, it had broken them, they were different men, paranoid at the end, doing strange decisions.
“Things they would come with in the press, you were sat at home thinking ‘Oh my God, no’.
“I think a lot of managers become bitter, and then they get the love for the game, they go back into being a manager, have a year or two out, but towards the end when things aren’t going well you just see a bitterness.
“I was a very intense player, and football can take you to places but it can also take you to dark places.”