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Published: 10:43 | 15/10/16

McLaren not Bradley is Giggs' problem - Carragher


Jamie Carragher has defended the appointment of Bob Bradley as the new manager of Swansea City and believes it is managers like Steve McLaren who are blocking aspiring young manager's pathways.

Pundits such as Chris Sutton and Robbie Savage have heavily criticised American Bradley being given the Swans job ahead of Giggs despite the former USA national team coach have a wealth of experience as a manager and amid reports that novice Giggs failed to impress Swansea's owners in a job interview.

McLaren meanwhile was surprisingly reappointed at Derby County, 18 months after being sacked by the Championship club for failing to secure a play-off place and seven months after being dismissed for leading Newcastle into a relegation battle which they ultimately failed to win.

Carragher believes it is the appointment of managers with several sackings on their cv such as McLaren, not newcomers like Bradley, who should be the target of pundits' criticism.

'Bob Bradley has yet to take charge of a Premier League game but already he has been dismissed by some as being out of his depth,’ he wrote in Saturday's Daily Mail.

‘It is disrespectful, really. Bradley might be the first American to manage in our top flight, but he’s a coach who has had a long and varied career, including a five-year spell in charge of the United States international team when he took them to the 2010 World Cup and they reached the 2009 Confederations Cup final.

‘The criticism Swansea are taking following his appointment stems from them overlooking Ryan Giggs, but they are owned by Americans and Bradley is someone they know.

‘We all want to see Ryan become a manager but the problem he and all other young managers are facing is not what has happened at Swansea — it is what has happened at Derby this week when they reappointed Steve McClaren. If ever there looked to be a good role for Ryan to start out in it was at a club such as Derby.

‘It is a big club with potential that needs lifting back to where it once was. But they have gone for McClaren, who has been sacked from his last two roles.

‘Steve is a great coach who I have worked with, but he is in the later stages of his career.

‘If clubs keep turning to men such as him, that is the barrier facing young aspiring coaches.'

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