Jamie Carragher warns Brendan Rodgers over accepting Arsenal job

first_imgJamie Carragher warns Brendan Rodgers over accepting Arsenal job Comment Jamie Carragher has warned Brendan Rodgers about taking the Arsenal job (Sky Sports)Jamie Carragher has warned Brendan Rodgers that he could damage his reputation if he decides to leave Leicester City for Arsenal.The Gunners are currently searching for a permanent manager after sacking Unai Emery earlier this week.Rodgers has been among the names linked with the role following an excellent start to the season with Leicester City.But Carragher believes the former Liverpool boss should show loyalty to Leicester after he decided to leave Celtic to join the Foxes before the end of last season.ADVERTISEMENT‘Well he has got a clause, I think that’s obvious now,’ Carragher told Sky Sports. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 1 Dec 2019 9:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link181Shares Brendan Rodgers has been heavily linked with the post at Arsenal (Getty Images)‘I think the position Brendan Rodgers is in, there’s no doubt if you’re a player or a manager you want to get right to the top.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘At this moment Leicester sit second in the table and won the Premier League a few years ago.‘But we’d be lying if we all said Leicester are one of the top clubs in the country. They’re not.‘The established big six are, wherever Leicester finish in the league, they are the big ones who think they can do something in the Champions League and spend big money.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I don’t think it’s right if Brendan Rodgers is even thinking about moving to Arsenal right now.‘Whether it was right or wrong, he got a lot of criticism from Celtic supporters for moving on before he finished the season, it was a tough decision for him because this job was the job everyone wanted, managers who couldn’t get a top-six job.‘Leicester was the job everyone wanted with the players they have, the infrastructure at the club, so he got it, took that decision and accepted he’d get stick off Celtic fans.center_img Advertisement Freddie Ljungberg was appointed as Arsenal’s interim manager this week (PA Wire)‘I think if he moved now he’d almost get that tag of jumping ship very quickly from places. And I think he probably would deserve if it did that right now.‘I think it’s a bit harsh what happened with Celtic but certainly now I think he’s got to look at the next 18 months and think he’s really going to do something at Leicester.‘And maybe after those 18 months if a Tottenham, Arsenal, obviously he’s not going back to Liverpool, Manchester United could never happen, Manchester City… I don’t know, he’s going to want to go to one of those real big clubs, that’s just a fact.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Dossena: Black Cats will dig deep

first_img The Black Cats turned in one of their most enterprising displays of a difficult season to date on Wednesday night to push Chelsea all the way to the final whistle. However, they ultimately came away on the wrong end of a 4-3 scoreline and empty-handed at the end of a night of mixed emotions at the Stadium of Light. It was he who crossed for Frank Lampard to level just three minutes later, and then fired the visitors ahead eight minutes before the break with a superb individual effort. John O’Shea levelled five minutes into the second half, but an equally impressive finish by Hazard restored Chelsea’s lead before Sunderland full-back Phil Bardsley managed to score at both ends within a minute at the death. Both Jose Mourinho and Poyet saluted Hazard’s brilliance after the game, and for Dossena it will be a relief not to have to face the Belgian again on Saturday, when Tottenham head for Wearside. He said: “Hazard had a fantastic game and you don’t come up against players like him or (Juan) Mata every week. “We know Chelsea are a great team – I know Tottenham are good, but I don’t think they’re as good as Chelsea. “We have to show the same heart and same character because it’s a very important game.” The defeat was Sunderland’s first on their own pitch under Poyet, but they were applauded from the pitch by fans who recognised both the effort and commitment which had gone into a performance which came up only just short, and further evidence of a recovery under the Uruguayan. More of the same is exactly what will be required if they are to dent Tottenham’s hopes of breaking into the top four this season. Poyet knows what a big ask that will be with his players feeling both the physical and psychological effects of their showdown with Mourinho’s men, but that is exactly what he will demand of them. He said: “Now we need to make sure we recover because it was a massive effort. If you could see the players in the dressing room, they gave everything. “But we don’t have another team to go and play on Saturday, so we need to recover well and I need to pick the right team to beat Tottenham.” That result left Gus Poyet’s side rooted to the foot of the Barclays Premier League table and five points adrift of safety, but Dossena is confident the belief within the dressing room is strong enough to fuel a fightback. He said: “We are frustrated because we scored three goals and came away with zero points. But this team has great character. “Okay, we lost, but there is a long way until May and the other teams are not a long way in front of us. “We have got another chance on Saturday to close the gap on the teams in front of us. “We kept going (against Chelsea) night because the mentality here is perfect. The fans are behind us and we want to win for them. “At the end of the day, we didn’t get them any points, but the mentality here is strong.” Manager Poyet emerged from the dressing room to insist he is more confident than ever that Sunderland can turn their season around after seeing them initially take the game to the high-flying Blues, and then stubbornly refuse to allow them to run away with it as they turned the screw. Jozy Altidore’s first league goal for the Black Cats had given them a 14th-minute lead, but it was then that Eden Hazard took over. Sunderland defender Andrea Dossena is convinced the Wearsiders have got the mental strength to dig themselves out of relegation trouble. Press Associationlast_img read more