Roman Pavlyuchenko’s translator has got to go

Posted by - April 13, 2009 - Oddballs, Tottenham

Russian striker needs to brush up his English, says Harry Redknapp

Tottenham are eager to ditch Roman Pavlyuchenko’s interpreter, despite the fact he has got a pretty good eye for goal. Harry Redknapp revealed he is getting frustrated by the slow progress of his striker’s English skills and particularly the fact that he has to be shadowed round the training pitch by his would-be footballer translator.

‘Arry said: “It is a problem. You’ve always got his interpreter running around the training ground. Sometimes you pass the ball and he chases it. And he’s running alongside him and he gets in there and heads it in the back of the net.”

Redknapp voiced his annoyance after being unable to convey tactics to the Russian in the closing minutes of Saturday’s victory over West Ham.

He added: “In the last two minutes against West Ham I shouted at him, he could have stopped the right-back coming out. If he spoke English better it would make a difference.”

He could have just thrown the translator on for the last few minutes!