Redknapp had described Taarabt as being “three stone overweight”.
Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt has launched a scathing attack on his manager Harry Redknapp, report the Mail, just 24 hours after Redknapp has blasted the Moroccan for being “three stone overweight” and “unfit to play football” during an astonishing interview giving after his side’s 3-2 Premier League defeat to Liverpool at Loftus Road.
Taarabt gave the exclusive interview to the Mail after training and posed for pictures showing his body looking in shape and certainly a long way from the description of Redknapp, before the former Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan star laid into the training methods of his former boss.
He suggested that Redknapp is always in his office at the club’s training ground and rarely speaks to his players, doesn’t know how to organise a team and dismisses the advice of coaches Glenn Hoddle and Les Ferdinand, both of whom Taarabt belives think that he should be in the team.
The Moroccan international also responded to Redknapp’s criticism of his fitness and performance in a recent reserve game, suggesting that his manager’s words were unfair:
“I played in that reserve game for 90 minutes and if he didn’t think I was running he could have taken me off. Maybe I didn’t perform like I could because it was a reserve team game and I was protecting myself.”
Perhaps the most concerning element of the interview for Rangers fans, however, would be Taarabt’s scathing criticism of Redknapp’s ability to organise and motivate a team, referring in particularly to the recent shambolic defeat at West Ham United:
“The training sessions aren’t the same standard as Milan, or what I would expect under another manager. They are not as intense, the players aren’t as motivated. It is the same as we used to do at Tottenham years ago. When we played West Ham he told the players you’re not fit, you’re not this, you’re not that.”
“But the problem is we don’t have any plan in the game, we don’t know how to press as a team. It’s not about just running around, you need to play with your brain.”