Carragher: hiring foreign manager is 'cheating'

 

Podgorica

The Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher said yesterday that England's decision to hire foreign managers is "a form of cheating at international football" and "a little bit embarrassing" because it reflects the country's failure to develop a candidate who is good enough.

Fabio Capello arrived in a balmy Montenegro with his squad yesterday, seeking the point needed for qualification to next summer's European Championships. He may conceivably be asked to continue his role beyond then, if England progress to the semi-finals or beyond. But Carragher, who answered Capello's call for last summer's World Cup, said the Italian's appointment was an admission of failure and he insisted the next England manager must be English.

"If your manager's not good enough, that's your country's fault," Carragher said. "Get a better manager. Do the coaching qualification better. I think it's a form of cheating at international football and to be honest it's a little bit embarrassing. I think Capello's come into the job with all he'd done at AC Milan, and what he'd done at Real Madrid, and he's got an aura about him, a presence. [His predecessor] Steve McClaren didn't have any of that. And even if it didn't go right with him, you can't say, 'Oh, it's all right, we'll get a foreign manager now'.

"It's unfortunate but you have to go with the next best thing. Maybe it's something in our culture, or because English managers don't get the chance to win club games at the top. If all the Premier League managers were English then someone would have to win the league, someone would have to win the FA Cup. They'd have to accumulate these trophies and that's what it was like in the past."

The Football Association chairman David Bernstein said yesterday that the search for Capello's successor is yet to begin, declaring that the FA was "completely behind Fabio" and that "you can't be half pregnant with these things." Former incumbent Sven Goran Eriksson suggested that the FA should turn to Arsène Wenger.

Capello has guided England to seven wins in eight qualifiers on the road but Carragher said hiring a foreign coach was tantamount to saying: "Well, our keeper's not good enough so we're going to go and get Buffon from Italy', or whoever it may be." The 33-year-old defender has credited Gérard Houllier with playing a vital role in his own development at Liverpool and then played for six years under Rafael Benitez. But he said that the elevation of such managers came at the expense of Englishmen. "Benitez, Houllier, [Jose] Mourinho – they've all got things about them in terms of having won the big trophies," he told Talksport. "Does that mean English managers don't get a chance at the Premier League? Look at Chelsea with a 33-year-old manager. In years gone by David Moyes would have got that position, or an up-and-coming manager who's done a great job but that doesn't happen anymore."

Capello may be ready to retain Frank Lampard in the 17,500-capacity Podgorica City Stadium. As well as his four goals in two club games, Capello's staff consider the33-year-old's ball retention to have been far better and believe he looks far sharper and more confident.

Defence presents a more tricky challenge, with Capello simply unconvinced that Manchester City's Micah Richards has the consistency required for the right-back position, empty because of Glen Johnson and Chris Smalling's injuries. Richards' positional play was poor during City's defeat away to Bayern Munich last week and Capello still feels that his unpredictability as a player outweighs his natural athleticism.

Phil Jones is another possible contender, though since he has not yet started a game for England, it is currently touch-and-go between Phil Jagielka and Tottenham's uncapped Kyle Walker. Bolton's bad afternoon against Chelsea does not appear to have weighed heavily in Capello's mind, with Gary Cahill's goal and impressive performance in Bulgaria generally weighing in his favour as he competes with Jones to partner John Terry.

After a 40-minute practice game yesterday, Capello seems to be favouring the idea of going with two up front, with Bobby Zamora the slight favourite to partner Wayne Rooney.

Arts & Entertainment
Ricky Gervais at a screening of 'Muppets Most Wanted' in London last month
tvAs the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian on why he'll never bow to critics who habitually circle his work
News
news
Life & Style
Going down: Google's ambition to build an elevator into space isn't likely to be fulfilled any time soon
techTechnology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit
News
David Cameron sings a hymn during the enthronement service of The Most Rev Justin Welby as Archbishop of Canterbury, at Canterbury Cathedral last year
news
VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition iPad app?
Life & Style
From long to Jong: Guy Pewsey outside Mo Nabbach’s M&M Hair Academy in west London before the haircut
fashionThe Independent heads to an Ealing hairdressers to try out the North Korean dictator's trademark do
Sport
Vito Mannone fails to keep out Samir Nasri's late strike
sportMan City 2 Sunderland 2: Keeper flaps at Nasri's late leveller, but Black Cat striker's two goals in 10 minutes had already done damage
Extras
indybest10 best smartphones
News
peopleRyan Gosling says yes, science says no. Take the A-list facial hair challenge
Arts & Entertainment
tvCreator Vince Gilligan sheds light on alternate endings
News
Paul Weller, aka the Modfather, performing at last year’s Isle of Wight Festival in Newport
people
Arts & Entertainment
Play It Forward: the DC Record Fair in Washington, US
musicIndependent music shops can offer a tempting alternative to downloads on Record Store Day
Sport
video
News
Supermarkets are running out of Easter Eggs
Deals make eggs cheaper than normal chocolate
Life & Style
Wasp factory: 1.3 million examples of the Vespa scooter have been sold in the last decade
motoringIconic Italian scooter still revving up millions of sales
Voices
voicesThe Ukip leader on why he's done nothing illegal
Caption competition
Caption competition
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit
Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics

Is sexual harassment a fact of gay life?

Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics
Kim Jong-un's haircut: The Independent heads to Ealing to try out the dictator's do

Our journalist tries out Kim Jong-un's haircut

The North Korean embassy in London complained when M&M Hair Academy used Kim Jong-un's image in the window. Curious, Guy Pewsey heads to the hair salon and surrenders to the clippers
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part
Vespa rides on with launch of Primavera: Iconic Italian scooter still revving up millions of sales

Vespa rides on with launch of the Primavera

The Vespa has been a style icon since the 1950s and the release this month of its latest model confirms it has lost little of its lustre
Record Store Day: Independent music shops can offer a tempting alternative to downloads

Record Store Day celebrates independent music shops

This Saturday sees a host of events around the country to champion the sellers of well-grooved wax
10 best smartphones

10 best smartphones

With a number of new smartphones on the market, we round up the best around, including some more established models
Homelessness: Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Zubairi Sentongo swapped poverty in Uganda for homelessness in Britain. But a YMCA scheme connected him with a couple offering warmth and shelter
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park
The pain of IVF

The pain of IVF

As an Italian woman vows to keep the babies from someone else’s eggs, Julian Baggini ponders how the reality of childbirth is often messier than the natural ideal
Supersize art

Is big better? Britain's latest super-sized art

The Kelpies are the latest addition to a growing army of giant sculptures. But naysayers are asking what a pair of gigantic horse heads tells us about Falkirk?
James Dean: Back on the big screen

James Dean: Back on the big screen

As 'Rebel without a Cause' is re-released, Geoffrey Macnab reveals how its star perfected his moody act
Catch-22: How the cult classic was adapted for the stage

How a cult classic was adapted for the stage

More than half a century after it was published 'Catch-22' will make its British stage debut next week
10 best activity books for children

10 best activity books for children

Keep little ones busy this bank holiday with one of these creative, educational and fun books