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Carragher open to coaching role

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has refused to rule out a move into coaching as he prepares to become a television analyst.

The 35-year-old will retire from playing after Sunday’s home match against QPR and is set to become a pundit next season.

But he has revealed it may not be too long before he returns to day-to-day involvement in the game.

“I am sure I will (miss it). I love the dressing room and getting yourself up for big games,” Carragher told reporters.

“There is nothing better than being successful and achieving things with your mates – they were great times for us. It is very difficult to replace that whatever job you go into.

“The closest is probably coaching and managing so I suppose if I do miss it so much I will look to get back in at some stage.”

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Carragher’s experience and passion would make him a great asset to any club as a coach, though he expects the defender to assess his options before moving into management.

“Over the course of the next two to three years he will look to decide what he wants to do,” Rodgers said.

“There is no doubt if you are a footballer with the passion he has you are going to miss it. You are never going to take the football out of him.

“He has never ruled that (coaching) out but it is not at the forefront of his mind at the moment.

“I hope one day in the future we can look at that side.”

Sun 19 May, 2013
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