Jamie Carragher disagrees strongly with Robbie Savage; he believes Steve McClaren’s re-appointment at Derby is a bigger problem for young British managers than Bob Bradley getting the Swansea job.
Savage is one of several pundits to have criticised Swansea’s appointment of former United States coach Bob Bradley while Ryan Giggs is out of work, but Carragher has used his Daily Mail column to make a counter-point.
‘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,’ writes Carragher.
‘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.’