Date: 29th July 2008 at 11:28am
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Patrik Berger has had a parting shot at Martin O’Neill.

The 34-year-old former Liverpool and Portsmouth midfielder, who has returned to his home club of Sparta Prague, says that Martin O’Neill treats players like children by not talking to them face to face. This will no doubt fan the flames although now he has left, I don’t suppose it particularly matters.

He was suspended from the club for talking about Gareth Barry and the possibility of moving to Liverpool,

‘I don’t see any reason to change my opinion – nobody can fine me now. I just said what I thought would be best for Gareth but the manager fined and suspended me from the training ground. It was the manager’s decision but I was surprised because we went through my comments in the papers in his office and I went home. But the next day I got a letter to my house saying I was banned and fined – he was not even strong enough to tell me eye-to-eye.’

‘Gareth got a similar letter but we are adults not children and can face it – I would prefer he’d just told me straight.’

Many will say this is just a bitter former player, but it has to be remembered that players are mates and see the treatment of others. Hopefully Martin O’Neill’s near legendary man management status is more than a match for this though! :o)

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