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It follows Hodgson’s criticism of the squad left behind by Benitez and the new coach’s claim that Benitez marginalized former player and manager Kenny Dalglish at the club, the Mirror said.
“I feel that Mr. Hodgson, he doesn’t understand,” said Benitez, who’s now at Inter Milan. “Every single press conference is worse than the last one. He’s talking about things he doesn’t know.”
He added that “some people cannot see a priest on a mountain of sugar. He doesn’t understand, maybe he has been in the job for not so long.”
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said he’ll fight any disciplinary action if the Football Association punishes him for his remarks after the 2-0 loss at Manchester United at the weekend, the Sun reported.
Redknapp criticized referee Mark Clattenburg after he allowed a goal that followed confusion over whether a free kick had been awarded.
The manager also said he wouldn’t go on television to comment after games in future if he’s punished.
“If I cannot come on TV and answer a question in a truthful manner then we shouldn’t be dragged out,” he said. “Don’t expect me to go on TV after a game ever because I won’t. I don’t care if it’s in the rules. ”
Alves for City?
The 27-year-old looked set to sign a new contract at Barca but may be attracted by the money at City, who signed his former teammate Yaya Toure on 220,000 pounds a week, the newspaper added.
“Have you seen the last six World Cups?” he asked reporters before tonight’s Champions League game at Bursaspor. “You’re better off going to the dentist.”
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