'Very negative' - Leeds ace Jansson blasts former manager ahead of reunion
By Danny Wright
Leeds United and Sweden defender Pontus Jansson has revealed his former Torino manager Gian Piero Ventura dubbed him the “worst player” he had ever seen ahead of a reunion with him this week on international duty.
Jansson, 26, joined the Whites last year on a loan deal that was made permanent in the summer just gone after a couple of seasons at Torino where he worked with what he has called a “very negative” manager.
Ventura is now manager of the Italy international team, and they face Sweden on Friday and next Monday in their World Cup 2018 play-off qualifiers, with a spot at the tournament in Russia next summer at stake.
While Jansson has suggested that Ventura probably meant well with his harsh treatment of the Leeds ace, he has not shied away from blasting his tactics and approach to man management.
“Very negative. He shouts a lot. There are many emotions. He makes great demands. He lowered quite a few players in Turin with his language,” he said to Swedish news outlet Ttela.
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“He had an outburst at me and screamed in training that I was the worst player he saw, but he probably didn’t mean that.”
Ventura isn’t the only former manager that Jansson is gearing up to meet as when he returns to Leeds next weekend he’ll be up against Garry Monk for the first time since he quit Elland Road in May.
Monk is now in charge at Middlesbrough, who face the Whites at Elland Road next Sunday.
The ex-Swansea left Leeds in acrimonious circumstances that left a sour taste in the mouth of most supporters and there’s no doubt that he will receive a hostile reception on his return to West Yorkshire.
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