Jamie Carragher: Why stories about 'great' Newcastle and Leeds sides annoy me

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The former Liverpool star has been discussing past Reds teams - as well as those of the Magpies and Leeds.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says he is annoyed by stories of the 'great' and 'thrilling' Newcastle United and Leeds United sides of the past, according to his weekly column in the Daily Mail.

Carragher, 37, firstly admitted that the Liverpool teams he played for were not particularly remembered for being top sides - although the Sky Sports pundit is keen to point out he won 10 major honours at Anfield.

And that's why he is particularly perturbed by heavy praise of Kevin Keegan's entertaining Newcastle team of the '90s and the Leeds side that reached the Champions League semi-finals some years ago now.

According to Carragher, both clubs entertained but ultimately failed where it counts in terms of winning - meaning the love-in for their sides of yesteryear is unjustified.

"During my career, I won 10 major honours but none of the Liverpool teams I played for is particularly remembered for being a top side," the former Reds defender said.

"If I’m honest, it annoys me, especially when I hear stories even now of how great Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle team of 1995-96 were or how thrilling the Leeds team were that reached the Champions League semi-final in 2000. Yes, they both played fast, exciting football but what did they win? Nothing."

Carragher's Newcastle and Leeds comments came during a comparison with Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side. The ex-Liverpool man was debating whether the Portuguese coach will be fondly remembered as a manager considering his emphasis on success and not entertainment.

Leeds United host Nottingham Forest at Elland Road in the Championship later today, while Newcastle travel to Everton in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

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