By Alex Stevens
Jamie Carragher has ruled out pursuing a managerial career due to the “impossible” demands of the job.
The Liverpool legend and TV pundit has said in the past that he was interested in management but says now he has been put off by the precarious nature of the profession.
“There have been 19 sackings already this season and, more and more, the demands are becoming impossible,” wrote Carragher in his Mail Online column. “I would never say never about going into management but it has little attraction at this moment. Other players of my generation appear to feel the same and are shunning the profession.”
Carragher, who has established himself as one of the sport’s most incisive pundits following his retirement in 2013, explains that high-achieving players are put off by the possibility of being associated with failure.
“Is it because they are aware of the stigma that is attached to being sacked? When you have had a lot of success through your career, it is only natural to want to preserve your reputation.”
The Champions League winner highlights the situation now facing David Moyes, who was sacked for the second time in 18 months earlier this week, when he lost his job at Real Sociedad.
“He will be wondering, too, about its long-term implications,” explained Carragher. “The harsh fact is that Moyes is now a British manager who has been sacked twice in 18 months and history shows men who have suffered similar fates have found it practically impossible to get back to a high level.
“There is a stigma attached to being sacked in our game that doesn’t seem to apply to those working on the continent. The conclusion we are quick to draw is that just because it hasn’t worked out in one place for someone then it won’t work anywhere else for them, either.
“They become damaged goods, with no attention being given to their previous work and achieve-ments. Have a look back at the major dismissals in England over the past 25 years and you will see that nearly all those men have not been given a chance to recover.”
Carragher namechecked Glenn Hoddle, David O’Leary, Graham Taylor, Steve McLaren and Bruce Rioch as managers who had success but were then ignored by chairmen after being sacked from high-profile jobs.