Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher plays down talk of managerial career

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher plays down his chances of an immediate move into management at the end of the season

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Jamie Carragher made his Liverpool debut in 1997

Jamie Carragher has played down his chances of moving straight into management when the Liverpool defender calls time on his playing career at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old has announced his plans to hang up his boots in the summer after a decorated 16-year Reds career which saw the defender lift the Champions League in 2005 and collect two FA Cup winner’s medals.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to convince the former England international to change his mind, with Carragher particularly impressing in the second half of the season.

But the Reds star is sticking by his decision, although Carragher isn’t contemplating an immediate move into management, admitting few players make great managers.

“We all look at [Sir Alex] Ferguson and [Jose] Mourinho and think we’d love to be them – on the sidelines, winning games, big trophies – but you have to think where they started,” Carragher told the Daily Express.

“Mourinho was an assistant for years. Brendan Rodgers hasn’t just got the Liverpool job. He has been working for 20 years.

“Would I be prepared to go and work at an academy? Maybe, but it’s not top of my list of things that I want to do.

“I’m not sure players in our situation will go down that road. Maybe if you get a good job straight away, but think of the journeys the managers have gone on to get to the top. Very few top players now would be prepared to do that.”

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