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Former Liverpool ace Pennant criticises Everton boss Benitez

Former Liverpool ace Jermaine Pennant has criticised Everton manager Rafael Benitez.

The Spaniard was confirmed as the Blues’ new manager, taking over from Carlo Ancelotti, who went to Real Madrid.

The former Reds boss managed Pennant for three seasons, between 2006 and 2009. The duo reached the Champions League final in 2007, losing 2-1 to AC Milan.

It seems there is no love lost between the pair as the 38-year-old lambasted the new Everton gaffer.

Pennant claimed the 61-year-old isn’t a great man-manager as he praised Steven Gerrard’s impact.

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When talking about the coach, Pennant told talkSPORT: “But in my eyes, he wasn’t a great man-manager. His skills in that department were lacking. He wouldn’t come up to you, he wouldn’t grab you by the side and have a chat about whatever you need to discuss. He kind of left it to Gerrard.

“Especially at big games, at half-time if things weren’t going very well, it wouldn’t be him pointing fingers and shouting instructions and telling you what needs to be done to win this game, it would have been Steven coming in giving you an effing and blinding.”

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Criticism from Pennant ignores outstanding qualities

The stinging criticism from Pennant completely ignores the outstanding qualities of Benitez as Everton will soon find out.

During his time in professional management, the former Valencia manager has developed his own brand of football.

His ability to set out defences and play counter-attacking football is thrilling, bringing mass success.

Benitez lifted the La Liga and UEFA Cup titles with Valencia before leading Liverpool to Champions League and FA Cup glory.

A lot of success from coaches comes from off-field work, managing training, engaging players etc. However, the opposite is the case for Benitez.

While he may not be the warmest character on the training pitch, he has great success on the field.

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