Steven Gerrard claimed he wanted ‘Manchester United to die’ in his recent autobiography, but his team mate Jamie Carragher has gone for a different approach. Rather than wishing harm on United, he is actually full of praise for our manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.
“It would be more of an achievement as manager because it would come about through my decisions,” says Carragher in his first book, Carra My Autobiography. “It’s like the ultimate football man’s dream to be better than Ferguson because he is the master. I just hope he hangs around long enough to wait for me. I’ve got more respect for Ferguson than anyone else in the game. He’s like a Scouser, really. He’s funny, doesn’t mind telling people to f*** off, and he even votes Labour. I love him.”
Aww, how sweet.
However, I’m not too sure these comments will go down at all well with the bin dippers. I can’t imagine I’d be anything less than seething if Gary Neville wrote in full praise of someone related so strongly to Liverpool. It’s one thing to acknowledge obvious achievements, which with Fergie, is pretty impossible to avoid. However, I wouldn’t want someone who I regarded at the heart of our club to be referring to anyone associated with Liverpool as ‘the master’, saying that they respected them more than anyone else in the game, or saying that they loved them! What is that all about?
It gets worse though. Apart from confessing his love and respect for Fergie, he goes on to state that he was a massive Everton fan as a child and a teenager.
“I was an Everton fanatic right through my childhood and teens,” he said. “Everton controlled my life and dominated my thoughts 24/7. I went to the away games, followed them across Europe and in the mid-80s went to Wembley so often it began to feel like Alton Towers. When I talk about that Everton team I still say ‘we’. Even when I was playing for Liverpool reserves I’d want Everton’s first team to win the derby every time.”
Carragher, who Liverpool fans used to think was Liverpool through and through, admits it was only in 1999 when he finally turned his back on his Everton support, aged 21-years-old. When drinking in a local pub after a defeat to United, he was branded ‘a dirty Kopite’, leaving him ‘drained’ and ‘demoralised’.
“I couldn’t take it,” he said. “People who I thought loved me, were getting off on my misery so I turned around and walked out. They hadn’t done anything wrong. They were just being themselves and they’re still my mates. But it was over. When I walked out of that pub I turned my back on Everton for good.”
The official Liverpool FC website refers to him as “Mr Liverpool”. What? A player who supported Everton less than 10 years ago? Who are they trying to kid? Bloody hilarious.
edit. As usual, the dippers have come in all guns blazing but are kind of missing the point. I’ll put it simply to save myself time responding to every post, which just repeats the one above it. If Gary Neville or Ryan Giggs brought out a book claiming that whilst they were Manchester United players, they were passionate Manchester City fans, I would not be very happy. Who a player supports as a child isn’t the biggest deal, but who a player supports when they are 21-years-old and playing for your club is a bigger deal. Who Cristiano Ronaldo, John O’Shea or Dimitar Berbatov supported as kids is no concern of mine because they are not local lads picking our local rivals over us.
If Gary Neville or Ryan Giggs brought out a book and talked about a man strongly associated to Liverpool, claiming that they loved him, had more time for him than anyone else in football, and called them ‘the master’, I would not be very happy.
If Liverpool fans are happy that Jamie ‘Mr Liverpool’ Carragher was an Everton fan when he was 21-years-old, as a Liverpool player, and if Liverpool fans are happy knowing that Jamie ‘Mr Liverpool’ Carragher thinks the sun shines out of Fergie’s arse, then good for them. Whilst I find that hard to believe, I can only say that I would not be happy if the tables were turned and it was one of our players banging on about a Liverpool legend and their die hard support for City in their autobiography.