Manchester United's Michael Carrick says a long-term manager would help England

Carrick - National stability helps

Michael Carrick: Says England would benefit from having a long-term manager in place

Michael Carrick believes England would benefit from having a long-term manager in place just like his club side Manchester United had under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson retired from football at the end of the season, bringing the curtain down on 26 trophy-filled years at Old Trafford.

His replacement, David Moyes, also had the time to make his mark at one club, enjoying 11 years at Everton before moving to the Premier League champions.

"I think stability helps at any level of football, whether it is club or international."

Michael Carrick

England, in contrast, have gone through nine managers and three caretaker managers since Ferguson took charge of the Red Devils in 1986, from Bobby Robson right through to current incumbent Roy Hodgson.

Speaking ahead of a friendly double header against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil this week, Carrick says having a boss in charge for a significant amount of time would only improve the national team's fortunes.

"I think stability helps at any level of football, whether it is club or international" said the 31-year-old. "Take David Moyes at Everton, look at what he has achieved being there for a long time.

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"It breeds a comfort and everyone knows where they stand, you can get a bit of continuity."

Carrick also insists that the United players are already looking forward to fresh challenges ahead after enjoying their 20th title success earlier this month.

"What's done is done now," added the former Tottenham midfielder. "We've moved on from that already, looking towards these games and next season, you can't look back for too long.

"You can enjoy it, we've enjoyed it, we've celebrated, but we've celebrated enough now and it's time to move on."