Jermaine Jenas on BT Sport
On Saturday night’s broadcast on BT Sport, former Nottingham Forest, Newcastle and Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas opened up about his career.
Once tipped for great things, Jenas never lived up to the hype in his career.
Speaking candidly about failing to achieve his potential, Jenas commented:
I didn’t achieve what I set out to achieve. I don’t blame anybody, I look at myself, I do live with regrets.
Jenas on England & Newcastle
So why didn’t Jenas live up to his billing?
When it came to performing for England, the midfielder admitted he couldn’t muscle out his competition at the time:
I was coming through as a 19-year-old, Sven (Goran Eriksson) really liked me but Lamps (Frank Lampard) had got himself back into the equation and we were battling it out at this point.
He had Jose Mourinho at the helm, was pushing for Champions League and I was at Newcastle where Bobby (Robson) had just left and it was going the other way.
"I didn't achieve what I set out to achieve."
"I don't blame anybody, I look at myself, I do live with regrets…"
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 3, 2018
When it came to recalling his days at Newcastle, Jenas voiced his opinion that his team mates weren’t good enough:
I felt when I was with England, you could feel the winners in the dressing room.
I’d come back to Newcastle and I’d be up here, miles ahead of everybody and then literally because the demand wasn’t as high at Newcastle as it was with England, my standards just dropped and dropped gradually throughout the weeks.
Alan Shearer trolls his ex-Newcastle team mate
That revisionist history provoked the following tweet from Alan Shearer.
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) March 4, 2018