Footballers have a number of paths they can go down once they’ve hung up their boots.
There’s the coaching route with plenty of footballers choosing to stay in the game to earn their badges and become a manager.
Then there’s the punditry role. Only a select few have what it takes to become an expert pundit, though.
Then there’s the ‘get out of the spotlight’ option. Some footballers choose the opportunity to retire in their mid-thirties by enjoying their family life and spending the large amount of money they’ve earned during their short career.
But as we've mentioned, going into punditry isn’t for everyone.
Just because you’ve played football at the top level, it doesn’t mean you’re cut out to analyse matches on TV - we’re looking at you, Michael Owen.
But there are some former players that bring incredible insight into football.
And two of the most-respected pundits are Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher. The pair appear on Sky Sports and provide excellent analysis on Premier League matches - especially on Monday Night Football.
However, it seems one person isn’t too happy about Carragher going into punditry.
That man? The notorious Joey Barton.
Barton calls out Carragher for Sky Sports role
Barton appeared on ‘The Anfield Wrap’ podcast and was discussing Carragher’s role at Sky Sports.
“You look at the likes of Jamie Carragher,” Barton said.
“Phenomenal servant for Liverpool football club, knows Liverpool Football Club as well as anybody.
“He taken up a role at Sky Sports. Why? Why? I don’t get it.”
Barton continues his rant about how Carragher could be helping to coach Liverpool’s terrible defence, rather than punditry which you can watch below:
Remember, this is the Joey Barton that has been banned from football for gambling and is now heard on talkSPORT…
And after ‘The Anfield Wrap’ tweeted Carragher hoping to get a reply, the Sky Sports pundit duly delivered.
He replied with: “So I don’t get people on the radio questioning my weight!!”
Barton on Unsworth
Earlier in the day, Barton had appeared on talkSPORT and had slammed Everton boss David Unsworth.
“I used to watch him as an Evertonian and he was the most immobile left-back I've ever seen. He's not a manager, he doesn't look like one," he said.
“I watched him waddling on to the coach. How can you get players to exert themselves physically when you're out of shape?
“He's a glorified PE teacher who shouldn't be in charge of a men's team. Look at him on the touchline... he's more like a steward.”
After playing 737 times for Liverpool over the course of 17 seasons, Carragher has given the club everything and owes them nothing.
It’s no wonder that Carragher would rather sit and analyse Premier League matches in a studio that get that kind of abuse from Barton on the radio.
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