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

No regrets for Pochettino

first_imgMauricio Pochettino experienced the best time of his life when managing Southampton, yet maintains leaving for Tottenham was the right decision. His exit sparked an unparalleled exodus from the club, with chairman Ralph Krueger accusing those players of only wanting a short-cut to Champions League football. Such comments were also aimed at Pochettino in the wake of his move to White Hart Lane – and were suggestions he was quick to reject. “No, no, no,” he said. “My decision was my decision for a lot of reasons, but if I don’t talk in the moment, now is for me [time to] forget. I am looking forward. “Southampton was a great period in my life – I think the best period in my life, that one year and a half. “A lot of people love me from Southampton and I have very good memories. I don’t… I can’t explain another thing.” Pochettino faces an emotional reunion with his former club for the first time this Sunday, when, r emarkably, Saints arrive looking for a seventh straight win in all competitions. Such form meant Ronald Koeman’s side began the weekend second in the table, whereas Spurs are in the bottom half after going four league matches without a win. Furthermore, they have lost their last two top-flight matches at White Hart Lane, but that difficulty to transfer his methods does not mean Pochettino has any regrets at swapping the south coast for north London. “Yes [it was a big decision to leave], but always in your life you need to take a decision and decide,” he said. “When you take a decision it is always a big decision. “When I take a decision, I always believe. After, maybe you have luck or no luck, but when you take a decision in your life you always need to be looking forward.” Pochettino says he still loves Southampton, yet he knows that affection is unlikely to be reciprocated by the travelling support, for whom victory would taste particularly sweet. A positive result would also fuel talk as to whether they can maintain such form throughout the season – something Pochettino was coy about when asked if they were top-four rivals. “Some players left,” he said. “The manager and staff left, but they invested a lot of money in the new players. “They signed very good players and I think the team have a lot of players in Southampton that played with us. “Maybe, yes, some players left, but they invest in new players and very good players. “It is the beginning of the season and in football it is not like you finish in May. It is a very long, long, long race. “I am happy for their start to the season, but today it is impossible to guess what will happen eight months ahead.” The former Argentina international was a relative unknown when he rocked up at St Mary’s to controversially replace the popular Nigel Adkins in January 2013. It did not take long for Pochettino to win around the doubters, though, and last season Saints enjoyed their best-ever Barclays Premier League campaign – success which persuaded Spurs to bring him to White Hart Lane. Press Associationlast_img read more