Henchoz no Rafa fan

Last Updated: 24/11/12 2:48pm

Former Liverpool defender Stephane Henchoz told Soccer AM why he did not enjoy Rafael Benitez's style of management.

"He knows his stuff, he knows his football and I'm sure he will probably do well with Chelsea. But if there was one thing I didn't like, it was his man-management."

Stephane Henchoz

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The Swiss defender enjoyed regular football at Anfield for five seasons, but was quickly discarded by Benitez following his arrival in 2004 and sold to Celtic a few months later.

Henchoz explained that the Spaniard tended to ignore those who weren't in his immediate first-team plans and said it was difficult for many squad players at Liverpool.

And he says it will be fascinating to see how the newly-appointed Chelsea boss copes with the large Stamford Bridge dressing room, in particular experienced players such as John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole.

"I didn't get on so well with Rafa to be honest," Henchoz explained to Max and Helen.

"I have to say that he is a good manager. He knows his stuff, he knows his football and I'm sure he will probably do well with Chelsea.

"But if there was one thing I didn't like, it was his man-management. He's got his starting XI - or let's say 15 or 16 players that he looks after really well - and the rest, if you're not in his plans, he'll leave you in the corner.

"For me it's very interesting to see how he's going to deal with the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole.

"He will go with a strong mind, that's his style. There will be a few clashes and I wouldn't be surprised if he tried to get rid of Frank Lampard, for example, in January or even Ashley Cole pretty soon.

"And let's see with John Terry."

Henchoz, who is now working to get his coaching badges in his native Switzerland, enjoyed the best years of his Liverpool career under Gerard Houllier.

And he said he preferred the disciplined style that the Frenchman brought to Anfield - even if some of his team-mates might have disagreed.

"He was very much about discipline," Henchoz added.

"It is true that he was checking sometimes before the game when we were playing away and would go into a few rooms to see if you were in your room.

"You were better to be in your room really because he was very strict and if you were not in your room - or something like that - there would have been a big, big problem. Myself? I was always in my room.

"He was like that and for us with a European culture it was something we were used to, but maybe not so much for the British players.

"For them discipline was something a bit different, but for us it was normal."