Arsenal hero Paul Merson: This is what made ex-Liverpool star David James different

Arsenal hero Paul Merson backs former Liverpool goalkeeper David James to be a good football manager.

Arsenal great Paul Merson has been singing the praises of David James.

Former Liverpool goalkeeper James is the player-manager of newly-formed Indian Super League outfit Kerala Blasters, and will work with the likes of Jamie McAllister and Michael Chopra from October to December.

This is the first time that the 44-year-old is in charge of a team, and Merson expects his English compatriot to succeed.

Arsenal great Merson, who won the Football League First Division title twice and the FA Cup once with the Gunners, has pointed out what makes James different from other goalkeepers.

‘It’s hard for a goalkeeper to be a manager but fair play to him’, he told Sky Sports. ‘David James was different to all the other goalkeepers I played with.

‘He was always more involved with team affairs and as I said he always had an opinion. At half-time after the game he was always talking about football. He was very different to David Seaman for example.

‘Dave would do his job and that was him. He was very focused on his job but David James always seemed to concentrate on other peoples’ jobs at the same time’.

James was once considered as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, but some high-profile errors often saw him severely criticised.

The former West Ham United and Manchester City star will not go down as one of the greatest players to have ever featured in the English top flight, but Merson’s comments suggests that he can become a very good football manager.

Working at Kerala Blasters is only going to help James if indeed he has aspirations of managing a Premier League club one day.

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