Former Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko was obviously not the hardest-working player Harry Redknapp ever coached…
We were treated to another hilarious story from the ex-Spurs manager when he joined Jim White in the talkSPORT studios on Wednesday.
Fresh from being crowned King of the Jungle, Redknapp was in great form with another brilliant tale from his Spurs days as he remembered his day on the job.
And his overwhelming memory? Super Pavlyuchenko.
Affectionately called ‘Super Pav’ by fans, the Russian striker gained a reputation for scoring absolute belters in a Spurs shirt.
But he also had supporters tearing their hair out over his laziness.
And Redknapp said it took him no time at all to suss out the frontman, saying even his interpreter broke more of a sweat on the training pitch.
Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, he said of Pavlyuchenko: “He was an amazing talent.
“He had absolute dynamite in his boots, he could shoot and score amazing goals.
“But he was very laid back.
“I remember the first day I went to the club, we had a little practise game and I kept shouting at him to make runs.
“I’m shouting at him and this guy kept running onto the pitch with a tracksuit on.
“I didn’t know anybody, so I asked ‘who’s he?’
“It was the interpreter – and he ended up running about more than Pavlyuchenko!”
‘Arry has fond memories of his time at Tottenham – where he enjoyed arguably the best spell of his career with successive top-four Premier League finishes and a run to the Champions League quarter-finals.
And it appears he has a special fondness for Super Pav in particular, as he shared another story about the Russian star with his jungle campmates during his triumphant stint on I’m a Celebrity…