Crouch on Redknapp and Benitez

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Peter Crouch admits that Harry Redknapp’s management style is different to that of Rafa Benitez.

Crouch played under Benitez during his time at Liverpool, but has been with Redknapp at Tottenham, Portsmouth and Southampton.

“Harry wears his heart on his sleeve and will tell you if you’re playing badly,” he said.

“Benitez isn’t like that and might not rip into you as much, or pat you on the back.

“Benitez is the type of manager, similar to the England manager perhaps. You do have to work hard to get a ‘well done’.

“That’s the way Rafa plays it, and he’s done exceptionally well. I’d rather have Harry’s approach. It’s easier to deal with someone like Harry because he’s so open.

“I can go and talk to him and he can explain to him why I’m left out and if I’m playing well. Rafa keeps his cards to his chest.

“I found it difficult to score in the first part of my time there (at Liverpool) and the fans were fantastic to me.

“I went on to score a good amount of goals and had the best years of my career. I’d love to see them win the league.”

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