Carragher announced earlier this year his plans to retire from professional football at the end of this season after 23-year career spent at Liverpool.
The Merseyside-born defender joins former Liverpool teammate Jamie Redknapp and Manchester United legend Gary Neville as Sky Sports ushers in a new modern era of punditry.
As far as I’m concerned, anyone’s preferable to the likes of Andy Gray and Richard Keys and I happen to find Neville and Redknapp quite engaging, not necessarily as personalities, but as analysts of the game. They are both insightful, articulate and they certainly bring more to the table that the ‘old boys’ of Match of the Day.
Personally, I’m looking forward to Carragher’s offerings but I am a little bit intrigued to see how his heavy scouse accent will go down.
Don’t get me wrong; I much prefer a scouse accent to a Laaandon one like the insufferable Paul Merson. Most of the scousers I know are supremely eloquent, articulate and express themselves with great colour and humour.
However, as this subtitled video demonstrates, sometimes it is cumbersome to follow what Carragher is saying – I don’t find his teammate Steven Gerrard who is also a scouser remotely hard to understand but Carragher is going to make an interesting pundit.
Like I say, I’d still rather listen to that than Merson or Jamie’s dad ‘Arry, never mind the likes of Chris Waddle and his 'pelanty' shouts for that matter and I suppose it doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things but I wonder whether he’ll have been briefed by the Sky production team about perhaps slowing down his speech patterns.
It’s not the accent – like, I say, I can understand every word Gerrard says, it’s the speed.
I’m sure as he settles into the position, he’ll be a great addition and I’m really looking forward to hearing what he’s got to say. I just hope I can keep up with him.
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