Carragher Weighs in on de Boer’s Firing
Jamie Carragher has said that the way in which managers are being treated in the Premier League will have a negative effect on the amount of younger players coming up through the ranks of top-flight clubs –he was referring to the recent firing of Crystal Palace’s Frank de Boer.
Crystal Palace let the former Ajax manager go after his being boss for only 77 days, and Roy Hodgson is set to step into his Selhurst Park shoes. The Dutchman, who had replaced Sam Allardyce in June of this year, did not manage to win a single Premier League game. In fact, his team did not even manage to score, and this is the worst start of any of the top clubs in 93 years.
Carragher Critical of the Way in Which it Was Handled
In an interview with Sky Sports News, however, Carragher criticised the manner in which Crystal Palace dealt with the situation. He said that the powers that be could have kept it from him, but that it came directly from the owners, who are in the United States of America. He added that the owners were running scared because of the situation they found themselves in back in 2016, where they had to make the change with Allardyce coming into the team.
Carragher talked about the enormous pressure now placed on owners of teams, and said that the massive investments that are being made by them, along with that made by the Premier League, was having a huge effect.
Whether or not de Boer’s firing will have a negative effect on Crystal Palace in terms of odds remains to be seen – online sports betting guides are no doubt waiting in the wings in order to work this latest development into the bookmaking world as well.
Money is having a Negative Effect on the Premier League
Carragher was quoted as saying that although big money makes the Premier League what it is, and is part of the reason it is so popular, it was having a negative effect in terms of what it was doing to managers, and that this in turn would impact younger players as they came through.
He said that managers were likely to think twice these days when debating whether or not to take a risk on an unknown player, especially in light of the fact that they apparently only had three or four games in order to keep their jobs. Big money in soccer is nothing new, with everything from players to cards traded for crazy prices, but now, it may be getting out of hand.
Carragher Feels Sorry for de Boer
Carragher spoke of feeling for de Boer, because of how new the manager was to the League. He went on to say that he was still experiencing it, and did not yet know much about how things worked. Carragher added that de Boer had taken on a team of players who have been dealing with the possibility of relegation every year, to boot.
Managers all around England have come out in support of de Boer, with Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho, Chelsea’s Antonio Conte, and Birmingham’s Harry Redknapp all stating that de Boer should have been given more time.