“I’d be surprised if any other manager could have replicated over a five-year period the performance that he and his team of staff and the other people there have achieved. He’s an extremely intelligent guy and, you know, perhaps sometimes from the media and the outside we don’t look beyond the surface of the media interviews. But no, there’s a great deal of thought and analysis that goes on.
So sometimes he’d come into the office one day and he’d say well this player needs x or the squad needs y. You know, whether it’s a talk from the psychologist or a particularly hard training session; he just seemed to have that feeling for what was necessary for the players. You know, I’m still finding out about myself, whether I’ve got that instinct, but he certainly has it. But he’s not arrogant enough to only go with his instinct. He backs it up with a process, so he will take opinion from people that he doesn’t need to take opinion from, myself included, and I think, you know, that certainly seems to work extremely well for him.
I knew that every day that I went into Burnley I was learning something new. I was working with excellent people, the club itself was building all the time, there was good things happening with infrastructure and facilities and the training ground and so on. The quality of the players that I was working with was improving, the young players, I was getting access to work with multimillion-pound Premier League footballers and seeing up close how they operate. So for a young coach, a young manager, that’s priceless.”