FOOTBALL: Jamie Carragher joins Sky Sports

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher will join the Sky Sports punditry team for the 2013/14 season.

The 35-year-old, who will retire from playing at the end of the current campaign, will work alongside established Sky pundits Gary Neville, Graeme Souness, Jamie Redknapp and Alan Smith next term.

Carragher has spent his entire career at Liverpool, racking up over 730 appearances and winning the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, two UEFA Super Cups, two FA Cups and three League Cups.

The Bootle-born star who after Ryan Giggs is just the second player to play over 500 Premier League games for one club, made his television punditry debut for ITV during last summer’s European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.

He was widely praised for his forthright views and readily clashed with other ITV pundits during discussions, most notably former Manchester United captain Roy Keane.

There were strong rumours linking him to a move to the fledgling BT Sport channel after he announced his retirement, but Sky have secured his services in a multi-year deal and Carragher says he can’t wait to begin his new role in August.

“I watch Sky Sports all the time and I’m a huge fan. I can’t wait to be part of their coverage and work with the best in the business,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“What Sky has done for football for over 20 years is incredible and I’m thrilled to be part of their exciting plans for next season.

“I don’t think there could be a better move for me: to retire from one of the world’s best football clubs at the end of the season and then join one of the world’s best broadcasters.

“Until that time comes, I’ll remain fully focussed on my remaining playing career with Liverpool and I’m looking forward to ending the season with good results.”

Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports, added: “Jamie has everything you want in an expert analyst; opinions, experience and incredible knowledge.

“He’s hugely respected throughout the game and I know his immense insight on today’s players, teams and tactics will make our football coverage even better.

“He joins us fresh from the changing room of one of the world’s biggest clubs and will be part of our incredible line-up of football experts, who between them boast 25 League titles, 10 European trophies and over 700 international caps.”

Sky Sports’ bumper schedule for the 2013/14 season includes 116 fixtures from the Barclays Premier League – three quarters of all live matches and more than ever before.

Also, there will be more than 120 UEFA Champions League fixtures, 75 npower Football League fixtures, the Capital One Cup, over 100 fixtures from La Liga, Clydesdale Bank Premier League, William Hill Scottish Cup and much more.

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