Jermaine Jenas ‘slept well’ after Newcastle’s Champions League exit in 2003
In 2003, a Newcastle United side that included Jermaine Jenas were knocked out of the Champions League.
Sir Bobby Robson had built an exciting team, which mixed the experience of Alan Shearer and Gary Speed with youngsters like Jenas and Jonathan Woodgate.
They were a great team, having finished third the previous season. This put the Magpies into the Champions League qualifying stages, where we faced Partizan Belgrade.
After a 1-0 first leg win on the road, we then lost the 1-0 draw at home and faced a nerve-wracking penalty shootout.
In the end, Partizan Belgrade lost 4-3 after a sudden death. It was gross for the Toon Army, but apparently Jenas didn’t care because at least he scored his kick…
Jermaine Jenas has an interesting Twitter exchange with a fan
The 38-year-old retired early due to injury and is now all over the TV. He does punditry for the BBC and BT Sport, while also hosting The One Show from time to time.
That’s what Jenas was doing last night, and his presence brought back bad memories for a Toon fan.
The fan on Twitter was referring to a pre-season tournament in July 2003, which saw Newcastle meet Chelsea in the final in Malaysia. The game went to penalties, with the Blues winning after Jenas missed sudden death. He resented the wrath of Sir Bobby Robson, calling his failed Panenka “unprofessional”.
In the end, it was just a friendly game – it wasn’t the end of the world. And the fan on Twitter was probably laughing a little when he asked “how does he sleep at night?”. But Jenas didn’t see it that way…
The former midfielder responded: “Just got back there in a Champions League qualifying game, penalty shootout, 2 weeks later and stuck it in the top bin in a game that mattered so much slept ok.”
Jermaine, you’re not making the convincing point you think you are… He’s apparently very proud to have scored in a penalty shoot-out loss that saw his side knocked out of Europe’s elite competition. But at least you mark Jermaine!
Despite being a former player, Jenas is not well liked by Toon fans. He doesn’t often have much to say about the club, seemingly forgetting the amazing opportunity he had at St James’ Park.
And cases like this will not increase his sympathy in Tyneside…
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