Carragher will hang up the boots at the end of this season.
â€śIf youâ€™d asked me at the start of my career I would have said I was going to be a manager,â€ť he told the Telegraph. â€śI may still be in future, but there seemed to be an expectation it was a natural progression for me.
â€śIâ€™d read all the interviews with other players mentioning how much I love playing, watching, reading and talking about it and it seemed to make people just presume it would happen.
â€śItâ€™s not an easy thing to get into even if you want it. I always thought just because I love football, it doesnâ€™t necessarily mean Iâ€™m desperate to manage.
â€śThe days of a top player walking into a major job are long gone. Thatâ€™s quite right, too. No one without experience has the right to go straight in. Players should do their apprenticeship. Sir Alex Ferguson made that point.
â€śYou can mention Pep Guardiola but heâ€™s the exception and even he needed a break eventually.
â€śIn the modern era, with the rewards the top players have during their career and the risks involved moving into management, more will look at it and say they donâ€™t need it.
"You have to remember how many hours these managers put in to get where they are. I have so much respect for all the top managers in the world for that.
"When youâ€™re a player at the top of the game itâ€™s a lot harder to find the motivation to follow that route if you have other opportunities there for you.
â€śIâ€™m sure if I really want it I could go down the leagues and find somewhere but if it doesnâ€™t go well, what then? You have no experience, youâ€™re sent into this new world and then, before you know it, itâ€™s over and youâ€™re out.â€ť