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Sunday 23 April 2017

Carragher slams foreign policy

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.

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 alright, we'll get a foreign manager now.' It's unfortunate, but you have to go with the next best thing. Maybe it's because English managers are not getting the chance to show their worth at top club level."

Irish Independent

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