No kidding – when I was Aston Villa manager, Doug Ellis would call me up and ask how much broccoli had been left over at the training ground that day.
There were other times when he would phone me asking why I’d spent money on petrol at Newport Pagnell service station at midnight the week before. I would have to explain I’d been on the way back from a game in London.
It was different at Aston Villa to anywhere else I’d been. We were very, very accountable, and it was a completely new world for me there.
When you’re running a club, you’ve got so much more to be dealing with than updating the chairman on whether the players have eaten their greens or where you filled your car up. A lot of it was very, very tiresome.
That said, it was a great education for me. I learned more about the off-field running of a club in my three years at Aston Villa than I had in the rest of my career – playing and coaching.
I was going to board meetings – something I’d never done at Leeds, where I fit more of the idea of a ‘continental coach’. At Villa I was involved in everything, the business side of things from top to bottom, which wasn’t what I’d expected when I took the job.