'Poor' - Ex-Liverpool player lambasts Brendan Rodgers

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Stewart Downing is still unhappy with the way Brendan Rodgers managed him.

Former Liverpool winger Stewart Downing has criticised former manager Brendan Rodgers' man-management skills.

The West Ham star was called out publicly by Rodgers during his time at the club, criticised for a supposed unwillingness to make tackles.

Not for the first time, Downing has hit back, and on this occasion he is more animated than previously, taking Rodgers to task.

The 28-year-old told The Mail: "He (Rodgers) as the one manager I had problems with.

"I found it very difficult and the way it was handled - to come out in the papers and basically slag off your player by saying you don’t try - that was poor really.

"If it’s a one-one-one conversation and he wants to grill me, I can take that. But when it’s open like that; I don’t understand why some managers do it. You can lose the player completely. Did he do it as a gee-up? Maybe, but I didn’t appreciate it."

The problem for Rodgers, was on this occasion Stewart Downing's reputation among the Liverpool support and general public was at an all-time low.

He managed to combine a poor debut season with only a marginally improved second, entirely failing to justify an expensive price tag, also tarred along with other poor over-priced performers like Andy Carroll.

Not being one of Rodgers' signing originally, there was clearly a little self-doubt from Downing as to whether the Northern-Irishman wanted him in the first place.

The pair may not have parted on amicable terms, but Downing's sale was likely a deal which suited all parties.

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