Jermaine Jenas is becoming a regular on our TV screens since taking up a punditry role with BT Sport, and he has landed in hot water after making some eyebrow-raising comments about Newcastle United.
The retired midfielder played for the Magpies between 2002 and 2005 before leaving St James’ Park to join Tottenham Hotspur, where he spent eight years of his career.
During BT Sport’s live coverage of Saturday’s Premier League match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield, where the Reds ran out 2-0 winners, Jenas claimed that his performances for the Magpies dropped after returning from England duty because the “demand” was not as high at the North-East outfit.
Many have claimed that Jenas failed to live up to his potential, and while discussing his career, the former midfielder agreed with that point of view and admitted that it was his own fault.
"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
Newcastle fans have taken note of Jenas’s comments and some have taken offence at his apparent criticism of the Magpies’ team at the time.
Can’t believe that Jermaine Jenas wasn’t awarded an Oscar for his resent BT Sports performance. #nufc
— Brian Nufc (@Brian_NUFC) March 5, 2018
Still can't get over this whole Jermaine Jenas thing. #NUFC
— Ben Holden (@BenHoldenM4TC) March 5, 2018
Jermaine Jenas showing the immaturity that he displayed while under performing at #nufc . Big opinion of himself!
— Graeme Anderson (@PeeblesGraeme) March 4, 2018
— Angry Bear (@Doyley9) March 4, 2018
Jenas talking about the standard not being high enough when he came back from international duty a bit rich when, as I recall, he hid behind Gary Speed for a season and a half whilst he was here #NUFC
— Gavin (@Gavoth) March 4, 2018
So Newcastle weren't on @jjenas8 level when he returned from England duty?
You're 1st 3 seasons with #NUFC you finished
apparently that's not good enough for the great jermaine jenas tho! you were a bang average player in (at the time) a good team! IDIOT! https://t.co/5ePkZqUn4y
— Gardiner NUFC (@gardiner_88) March 4, 2018
Lets not also forget that when Lampard, Gerrard & Scholes didn't play at that time under Sven, Jenas couldnt get past Dyer, Hargreaves, Butt, Parker & Joe Cole either… #nufc
— Pete (@GallowgatePete) March 4, 2018
Sounds like people really enjoyed listening to the ramblings of Jermaine Jenas this weekend. #NUFC
— Will Hamilton (@Skumbo75) March 4, 2018