Former Liverpool defender and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has highlighted Eddie Howe’s achievements with Newcastle United after ridiculing Sam Allardyce’s comments that no Premier League manager knew more about football than him.
The new Leeds United boss was quick to compare himself to the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp in his first press conference back in management on Wednesday morning since he left West Brom back in 2021.
And while the Whites boss has been on record claiming an anti-British sentiment around coaches in the Premier League, Carragher argues that Magpies supporters’ love for Howe and the work he’s done at St. James’ Park rubbishes that claim completely.
“Allardyce has form for this, of course, often sounding like he deserves greater respect for his coaching achievements,” Carragher wrote for the Telegraph.
“‘I won’t ever be going to a top-four club because I’m not called ‘Allardici’, just Allardyce,’ he famously said while West Ham manager.
“Allardyce managed huge clubs at Newcastle United and Everton. The supporters at St James’ Park and Goodison Park did not like or want his style.
“That had nothing to do with an anti-British sentiment. You only have to see how well-received Eddie Howe has been in the north east playing a modern, progressive style to recognise that.
“In fact, the argument about British coaches being denied top four chances has dated poorly. The problem for Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool, David Moyes at Manchester United, and Graham Potter and Frank Lampard at Chelsea is they proved to be less effective as their overseas predecessors or successors.”
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