Barker not giving up hope
Wed, 17 Apr 2013 18:16:00
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick says the club's manager Sir Alex Ferguson does not put pressure on players to withdraw from international games.
There was controversy recently when Carrick's United team mate Rio Ferdinand pulled out of the England squad for World Cup qualifying fixtures in San Marino and Montenegro.
Ferdinand withdrew in order to stick to a specific fitness regime but it was also speculated that the possible disapproval of Ferguson may have been a factor in his decision.
However, Carrick told talkSPORT: "I have never had anything from the manager saying pull yourself out or anything in that manner, because it's not in his nature.
"We have got players here who travel the world to play international football. Chicharito (Javier Hernandez) goes to Mexico, Antonio (Valencia) goes back to Ecuador.
"If you have got the best players, or the better players, then international football is part of it.
"I don't see a club versus country row. There is obviously two agendas because it's two different set-ups, but they can come together and work well."
And Carrick was quick to acknowledge the positive impact the hugely experienced Ferguson has had on his career at United.
"He knows how to react and how to get the best out of players," said the 31-year-old. "Whether it's a pick me up and pat on the back or a bit of a dressing down and a kick up the backside.
"That's what top management is about and to do it for that long is incredible."
Asked if he would like to finish his career with United, Carrick added: "In an ideal world, of course. Not many people walk away from this place.
"Who knows? They might say at some point 'thank you, it's time to move on'. I hope not because I love this place but we'll have to see how it goes."
With regard to retirement plans, he said: "I don't think I'd be one for dropping down the leagues, I'd prefer to go out near the top.
"I think I would probably just start coaching or something like that and try to help the younger lads out."
The Chilean's future has been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City credited with an interest in acquiring his services this summer.
Pellegrini is regarded as one of the best coaches in Europe and Italian side Roma have also been linked with a move for the former Real Madrid chief.
However, Pellegrini's representative, Jesus Martinez, claims they have not had any offers from other clubs, but admits they plan to hold talks with Malaga over his future with his current deal due to expire in the summer of 2014.
"We must speak with Malaga about many things," Martinez told EFE news agency.
"If we have contacts with Roma, Chelsea and Manchester City Manuel has a contract until June 2014 and a price of ?4million (?3.5million).
"But for the moment, no team has contacted us to offer a new contract."
Pellegrini, meanwhile, has distanced himself from comments made by Martinez that the Chilean is owed wages by the club.
Martinez had claimed on Tuesday that payments to Pellegrini and his technical staff were not up to date and that the club had failed to deliver on promises made to Pellegrini.
However, the 59-year-old said he did not instruct Martinez to make those statements.
"I am very good friends with him," Pellegrini told the Cadena Ser.
"But I am independent from Jesus, I have no spokesman and I don't hide behind other people to say what I mean."
"Jesus must have had his reasons, I cannot control what he says, but these are internal things to be managed internally."
Problems with late payments to other clubs for transfer fees, employees and tax authorities led to Malaga receiving a one-season ban from European competition from UEFA should they qualify in any of the next four seasons.
However, the club are currently appealing that decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and Pellegrini suggested that if the club is managed properly over the summer he would be keen to stay in Spain rather than take up a potential job offer in England.
"I cannot predict the future, but there is internal awareness at the club to sort out the project, they have to work on areas and have capable people," added Pellegrini.
"My future depends more on what Malaga do externally, I have repeated several times, the situation is the same.
"I am happy to stay in Malaga and to fulfil the contract. I have said that when my career is finished, I will come here to live. I have a house here. It depends on having a project similar to the one that was proposed initially."
Town have taken seven points from their last three matches and currently lie seven points off sixth place with three games left.
They head to Oldham on Saturday with Barker knowing only a victory will be enough to leave them with any chance of staying in the hunt.
"We probably need all the sides from Swindon down to us to lose one of their last two games for us to have a chance so there's no point in us leaving anything behind on Saturday," said Barker.
"I'm going to be positive and look forward rather than back at some of the points we've dropped.
"I asked the players to be in with a shout nearer the end of the season and that's where we are. We need other teams to drop points but we're not a millions miles away."