Carragher: top coach or top pundit?
England boss Roy Hodgson believes Jamie Carrager will become “one of the country’s top young coaches” when he retires – but the Liverpool defender is reportedly being lined-up for a TV pundit role.
Former England defender Carragher, 35, has announced he will retire at the end of the season, having made over 720 appearances in 16 years on Merseyside.
Hogdson, who worked with Carragher briefly during his spell in charge at Anfield, believes the veteran has a bright future in coaching.
“After retirement I’m sure he will march quickly up the coaching ladder and become one of the country’s top young coaches,” the former West Brom boss is quoted as saying by the BBC.
But, according to the Daily Mail, Carragher is reportedly being lined-up for a punditry role with Sky Sports.
Several TV stations are understood to be keen on the knowledgable defender’s services but Sky are thought to be prepared to pull out all the stops to land ‘Carra’, with station boss Barney Francis desperate to see off a bid from rivals BT Sport.
Sky secured the services Gary Neville following his retirement last season and the former Manchester United and England defender has become a cut-figure among fans.
Carragher, meanwhile, has been outstanding in surprise starts against Arsenal and Manchester City in Liverpool’s last two matches and Hodgson hopes to see the centre-half involved again before the end of the season.
“Having worked with Jamie Carragher it was always evident that he was a model professional who gave everything he had for club and country,” added Hodgson.
“He has had a fantastic career and will always be looked on very fondly by everyone associated with Liverpool Football Club.
“It was good to see him back in the team recently, I hope that between now and the end of the season he is able to add to his great total of appearances for the club.”