Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell described Jeremy Corbyn as the "Arsene Wenger of politics" as he dismissed speculation following the party's cabinet reshuffle as "a lot of hype".
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, he rejected the suggestion the Labour leader had "dithered" over the shape of his new shadow cabinet.
He told presenters Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan that Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn was "never going to go" adding that Labour's free vote over air strikes in Syria meant he was at liberty to disagree with the party leader.
But he later told the BBC that in the future, Benn must speak from a few rows back if he wants to disagree with Corbyn on a free vote.
[Corbyn is] re-dictating the terms of what leadership is all about. It's about bringing people in, building a team, being a good manager and that's what he's developing. He is an Arsene Wenger of politics.
McDonnell said that Maria Eagle had taken her "dream job" switching the defence and culture briefs.
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