07/22/2021 at 1:15 PM CEST
The Jamaican Player Jermaine pennant he does not keep a good memory of who his coach was at Liverpool, from 2006 to 2009, Rafa Benitez. The words of the English player on talkSport, showed that the relationship between the footballer and the coach it was not entirely fluid.
Pennant explained how Benítez’s management in the “reds” dressing room was according to his understanding and his own experience. “He is a legend at Liverpool for that famous game, the 3-0 comeback in the Champions League final, which It was driven by Gerrard 100% and I know it“, declared the player but assured that the true leader of that moment was Steven Gerrard.
“Look, it’s different for each footballer, different players will react differently with Rafa, but in my opinion he was not a great manager of men. His skills in that department were poor, “he explained.
“Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher have also said publicly that they felt it was difficult. I felt it was difficult to approach him, to have a conversation and maybe talk about certain situations on and off the field. He would not approach you, he would not take you aside and talk about what you needed. I left it to Gerrard“he stated on talkSPORT.
“Especially in the important games, at halftime, if things didn’t go very well, he wouldn’t point his finger at you or shout instructions at you or tell you what to do to win the game. It was Steven who came in giving you a slap“He continued.” Playing at that time, I wouldn’t want to upset Gerrard first and then my coach. Steven was the player-manager, “he explained.
To finish, the player commented that he does not believe that Rafa Benítez has a good future at Everton. “Will it shine? Will it take the team to the next level? Personally, I don’t think it does. Sorry Everton fans“He said.” After Liverpool, look where he’s been … At Newcastle he didn’t make them shine, he kept them afloat. I think he’s going to be a bit stuck at Everton“, finished.