According to British bookmakers, Anfield legend Jamie Carragher is now 10-1 third-favourite to succeed Rodgers as Liverpool's manager.
Carra - a vocal critic of Liverpool's ongoing deficiencies at the back - is an obvious, predictable choice, and he's clearly disturbed by his old club's catastrophic defensive decline. Indeed, in October, he made it clear that a return to Anfield is an enticing prospect. He told Sky Sports:
“If I was offered a job in Liverpool in a good coaching role, it would be difficult to turn down. It’s your club, you always want them to do well. Anyone else but Liverpool you wouldn’t really change your job but when is your own club it’s a big pull.”
In my view, this is a no-brainer. Having Carra involved as a defensive coach can only be a good thing, but there's no way (IMO) he should even be considered for the Liverpool job. As we've seen with Kenny Dalglish, there's always a risk when legends return to the club. Carra has an amazing legacy at Anfield, and I'd hate to see that tarnished with an unsuccessful spell in the Liverpool hot-seat.
From a purely practical standpoint, Carra - repeatedly hailed as a 'legend' by Rodgers - is not ready for such a huge job; he doesn't yet have the relevant UEFA coaching qualifications, and there are clearly better, more experienced candidates out there. For example, if we're talking about ex-players, I'd rather see Sami Hyypia get the job ahead of Carra.
Additionally, like Rodgers, Carra arguably doesn't have the profile to attract big-name players to Anfield, which is something that continues to negatively impact Liverpool's forward progress. If FSG make a change, international renown/aura must (IMO) be one of the pre-requisite qualities required of the new manager.
Author: Jaimie K