Jamie Carragher joked that ‘stopping Gary Neville winning’ was more important than winning the prize itself after he was named Pundit of the Year at the Football Supporters’ Association Awards on Monday.
Former Liverpool defender Carragher beat off competition from Sky Sports colleague Neville, as well as Andy Hinchcliffe, Pat Nevin, Alex Scott and Ian Wright.
And after he won the award for the third time, Carragher said: ‘I’m pleased to win, but more importantly I’ve stopped Gary Neville winning.’
Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have worked together at Sky Sports since 2013
The former Liverpool defender won the pundit of the year prize for the third time on Monday
CARRAGHER’S BEST MOMENTS
- Slams Paul Pogba after a video emerges of a row on the training ground with Jose Mourinho (September 2018)
- Disagrees with Gary Neville over Chelsea’s tactics in 4-0 defeat against Manchester United (August 2019)
- Believes Unai Emery should adapt his formation on his arrival at Arsenal, in contrast with Neville (August 2018)
- Apologises to Patrice Evra on behalf of Liverpool for 2011-12 racism incident with Luiz Suarez (October 2019)
- ‘No one wants to grow up to be a Gary Neville!’ Says no one wants to be a full-back when they’re young (September 2013)
Carragher has worked with Neville as a pundit for Sky Sports for over six years now, after he joined the company following his retirement in 2013.
The pair, who were bitter rivals on the pitch during their playing days, have bonded on-screen and are firm fan favourties with banter effortlessly flying between them over their respective allegiances for Liverpool and Manchester United.
Neville came out in support of Carragher after he was caught on camera spitting at someone while driving in March 2018.
After apologising and calling it a ‘moment of madness’, Carragher was suspended by Sky for the rest of the season but he returned at the beginning of the 2018-19 season.
He has since featured regularly on Monday Night Football, often alongside either Neville or a special guest from the footballing world.
Carragher and Neville are regulars on Friday Night Football, hosted by Kelly Cates (R)
Carragher and Neville have impressed at Sky Sports with their hard-hitting, detailed analysis
He was part of Sky’s coverage of Crystal Palace’s 1-1 draw against Brighton, in which he backed Duncan Ferguson’s decision to substitute Moise Kean on Sunday for Everton.
The 41-year-old also admitted he would be surprised if Carlo Ancelotti took the vacant managerial post at Everton – the two parties have held positive talks.
Other winners at the FSA Awards included Virgil Van Dijk winning the Men’s Player of the Year award, Vivianne Miedema won the Women’s Player of the Year prize and Kasper Schmeichel won save of the year.
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