You may have thought it was over, but the feud between Adel Taarabt and Harry Redknapp is still going strong.
The two made headlines when Redknapp was managing Queens Park Rangers earlier in the year and called out Taarabt for being “three stone overweight,” and publicly spoke out about the midfielder’s wages.
For reference, one stone is equal to 14 pounds, meaning Harry called Taarabt more than 40 pounds overweight…
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Those comments led to a war of words between player and coach which Rangers owner Tony Fernandes called an “embarrassment.”
Redknapp resigned from his managerial position in February with Chris Ramsey taking over, and Taarabt left Loftus Road for Portuguese-side Benfica when his contract was terminated by mutual consent after QPR was relegated from the Premier League.
Taarabt is still firing shots at his former club and manager though, saying some players only cared about the money and labeling Redknapp a “very bad manager.”
Half the players at QPR didn’t care about the club, they were just making money. I had one of the bigger salaries but I cared about football because I loved football.
When I came for pre-season I told Harry Redknapp to his face, ‘This team is going down’. He said the same thing as me… that he agreed with me.
I don’t think [Redknapp] has the passion for the game like people think. Harry is not a bad person but he is a very bad coach and, for me, a very bad manager.”
Strong words from a man who only saw seven appearances for a team that finished dead-last in the Premier League. Compare that to Harry, who has managed over 600 matches in England’s top flight, third-most all time behind only Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.
Taarabt is a very skilled player, having played in the Premier League for Spurs and QPR while also scoring in Serie A for Milan. But his attitude has caused problems throughout his career, and he must clean up his act with the chance to play Champions League football for Benfica this season.