Former England boss Terry Venables ‘knew exactly how to handle’ Paul Gascoigne and treated him like a ‘naughty schoolboy’

Stuart Pearce says former England manager Terry Venables used to treat Paul Gascoigne like a ‘naughty schoolboy’ at times.

The 78-year-old led the Three Lions to a famous semi-final run at Euro ’96 with Gascoigne playing a starring role.

Venables got the best out of Gazza for England
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And former England left-back Stuart Pearce has praised the way Venables’ dealt with Gazza, who will always be known as one of football’s biggest mavericks.

Pearce told talkSPORT: “Terry Venables was an acute manager. He knew exactly how to handle Gazza.

“With the likes of Gazza, he almost treated him like a naughty schoolboy at times.

“There was one incident where Gazza had stepped over the mark and Terry, in front of the group, gave him a bit of verbal, so Gazza pulled his neck in a little bit.

“Just as Terry turned away, Gazza winked at the rest of the group – it’s alright, he’s been told, but I still love him – that type of thing.

Pearce believes Gazza is one of England’s greatest ever players
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“We knew how important Gazza was to us as a team.”

Gascoigne, who won 57 caps for England, never received any special treatment from his international teammates.

Pearce explained: “I wouldn’t say we treated him differently, but he was the best player I ever played with.

“He’s the reason why England got to two semi-finals. I’m just lucky that I was around at the same as Paul in our careers.

“I played the vast majority of my England matches alongside one of the best talents this country has ever had.”


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By: Jake Bacon
Title: Former England boss Terry Venables ‘knew exactly how to handle’ Paul Gascoigne and treated him like a ‘naughty schoolboy’
Sourced From: talksport.com/football/901721/england-terry-venables-paul-gascoigne-naughty-schoolboy/
Published Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2021 21:47:49 +0000

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