Rafa Benitez was the best manager Jermaine Pennant ever played for.
Jermaine Pennant has a new book out.
Jermaine Pennant has now slagged Rafa Benitez off and just maybe there is a connection…
Yes, Rafa must be really bothered getting stick off this loser (which obviously I mean sarcastically, just in case anybody is in any doubt).
Jermaine Pennant’s last three clubs have been Tampines Rovers, Bury and Billericay Town, you would almost think he was desperate to get publicity for his book…
Now aged 35, Pennant is set to go on ‘celebrity’ big brother (enough said) and is trying to get a few books sold first.
Rafa Benitez signed the very average winger for £7m back in 2006 and in that first season at Liverpool, Jermaine Pennant found himself playing in a Champions League final.
Despite this, in the hope of selling a few copies of his book, the player has seen fit to slag off his former manager’s training techniques.
In the book he says about training at Liverpool: ‘Honestly, Rafa was a nightmare like that. As a player, you just want a bit of fun, to make training good and lively.’
Hmmm, with his quotes (see below) and general conduct (often in trouble and didn’t make more than 47 league starts for any of the clubs he appeared for), Jermaine Pennant doesn’t strike you as the brightest.
Just maybe there was some connection between Rafa’s training sessions and a not that brilliant Liverpool set of players finding themselves in a Champions League final, only two years after he had done the same with an even weaker squad.
Pennant played the full 90 minutes when Liverpool lost narrowly to AC Milan in 2007 and you just know for a fact that this loser will believe it was his individual brilliance that was the main reason Liverpool reached that 2007 Champions League final, rather than anything to do with his ‘boring’ manager.
Jermaine Pennant writing in his book, Mental: Bad Behaviour, Ugly Truths and the Beautiful Game:
“When you have so many instructions, it makes it so difficult.
“You’ve got some instructions and tactics in your mind and yet he’s shouting even more at you.
“All of a sudden you’re confused.
“You’ve got two sets of instructions in your mind and you’re left wondering what to do.
“It means that, suddenly, you mess up with a simple pass because your mind is all over the place.
“Honestly, Rafa was a nightmare like that.
“As a player, you just want a bit of fun, to make training good and lively.
“But, with Rafa, the training was so boring… The amount of time in training that we’d do shape, tactics and nothing else!”