Former Blue names a former Chelsea manager as his worst man-manager

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Former Chelsea right back Glen Johnson has named former Blues boss Rafa Benitez as the worst man-manager he came across in his career.

After being managed by Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, Johnson left Chelsea for Portsmouth where he was managed by Harry Redknapp. He then moved to Liverpool and played under Benitez.

He named Benitez as his worst man-manager, albeit in a positive way.

Johnson told talkSPORT: “The best man-manager I played under was definitely Harry Redknapp.

“He was like one of the lads, I had him texting me his comments about horses when I’ve been at the racing – he’d liked to see the boys enjoy themselves.

“But the worst? Hmm… I’d probably say Benitez, but it’s a difficult one, because he was good and the worst at the same time.

“He never tries to be your friend, that’s what I mean by saying he’s probably the worst man-manager, but he does it in a clever way.

“Whereas Harry would be your mate and get the best out of you that way, Benitez would get the best out of you by not being your friend.

“It’s also why I loved him. He used to go to work, he knew how to deal with certain people but he didn’t do it in a friendly way with an arm around you.

“He would bring Torres off at the end of a game and everyone would be saying to Fernando, ‘well done for scoring a hat-trick’, and Benitez would walk past and say, ‘yeah but you should have scored four’.

“He’d just shut him down and say: ‘Don’t be pleased with three’

“He would get the best out of you by knowing what to say and when to say it, as opposed to having a joke with you.

“It’s not a negative about Benitez, I loved Benitez, he just does things in a different way.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea legend John Terry has revealed he had a difficult relationship with former Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez.

“It was tough, I have to be honest. When he first came, I was really looking forward to working with Rafa initially,” Terry told Sky Sports in the latest edition of Off Script.

“The supporters never took to him and wanted him out from day one. You could say he was quite successful, we won the Europa League under him of course, but for me personally you want to develop and learn.

“I’d seen tactically how he’d set up against us previously. You give everyone a fair chance and it’s down to them to prove to you otherwise, but we just didn’t get on from day one.”

“Every meeting we had it was, ‘We used to do this at Liverpool,’” the Chelsea legend said. “I had to have a few conversations with him and say, ‘Gaffer, you have to forget Liverpool, you can’t keep saying we this, we that, you’re at Chelsea now, it’s not going down well with the lads.’

“I was injured when he arrived, and then I struggled to be fair. I was out for probably six weeks, but then I was working back towards fitness, I played in a couple of games, away at Fulham, scored two, he dropped me for the next game. It was all those little bits that added up.”

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