CBB’s Jermaine Pennant hits out at ‘worst manager in England’ in furious rant

JERMAINE Pennant has revealed who he felt was the worst manager he played under during his career in England.

Pennant, 35, launched an astonishing attack on his ex-Bury manager Lee Clark while speaking to Daily Star Online.

The Celebrity Big Brother star – evicted from the house this week – accused Clark of holding a “preconception” against him.

The retired winger played under the former Blackpool and Birmingham City boss during his spell at Bury from January to May last year.

But the ex-Liverpool, Arsenal and Stoke City star lashed out at Clark after accusing him of overlooking him.

Pennant told Daily Star Online: “My worst manager in England would probably be the one at Bury as a player, used to play for Newcastle.

“I was already there when he came in, and he probably had a preconception and was like, I don’t want a bad apple”

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“I forgot his name, that’s how bad he was.”

After remembering it was Clark, he continued: “Lee Clark. He didn’t like big egos, big people who have done well in the game.

“He just didn’t want to play me, no matter what I did.

“I was already there when he came in, and he probably had a preconception and was like, I don’t want a bad apple.”

Clark is currently out of work after being sacked by Bury in October last year, where he left them second from bottom in League One.

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CBB: Jermaine Pennant and Chloe Ayling in the Celebrity Big Brother house (left)

Pennant claims Clark would ask the other players in the dressing room if Pennant was disruptive because of his bad-boy reputation.

The Englishman was jailed in 2005 for a second drink-driving offence, and amassed a reputation as hard-partying playboy.

He continued: “I remember he used to go around asking the boys, ‘is he a bad egg? Is he a bad egg in the dressing room?’

“And the lads would turn around and go, ‘are you crazy? He’s one of the highlights in the dressing room’.

“Then they told me what he said. Asking is he a bad egg, is he a bad egg? And the players turned round to him and said absolutely not, he’s a highlight, he’s the joker of the dressing room, he’s a top lad.

“I came in professional, trained hard, did well in training but he just never wanted to select me, it was frustrating.

“No matter how frustrated I was, I’ve kind of learned my lesson, if you’re not playing, you’ve just got to keep going.

“Whereas before, be moody, and that’s where you make the mistakes.”

Pennant previously criticised ex-Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez for “taking his limbs away” by giving him too many instructions and restricting his play at Anfield.

He also slammed ex-Stoke gaffer Mark Hughes, who he accused of being “one of the worst”.

However, earlier this week he hailed ex-Birmingham boss Steve Bruce as the best he ever played under, and even revealed he visited him in jail when he was serving time for a drink driving offence.

Pennant told us: “The best manager I feel got the best out of me was Steve Bruce.

“I probably put him through hell when I was there.

“But the faith he showed in me week in, week out, playing me no matter how much I probably turned him grey.

“He gave me a lift when he came to visit me in prison.

“I think that was great of him, just before I signed he came to make sure I was all right and obviously we got the deal done when I was inside.”

Pennant is currently in the midst of controversy after he was accused of flirting with contestant Chloe Ayling, 22, while keeping his marriage to Alice Goodwin a secret.

But he told us it was “innocent” and “just a little bit of flirting”.

Daily Star Online has gone to Lee Clark for comment through Bury FC, League Managers Association and Professional Footballers Association.

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