“When I was playing, he was still finding his level.
“I remember coming in at Littleton Road and he pulled everyone in pre-season and he told us what we were going to do. He said we’ll put Robson there [at the back], and have two centre-backs and two full-backs.
“He was already light years ahead of Europe [in terms of his tactics]. But we had practice games with the Reserves and local teams like Oldham and Rochdale and it didn’t work. But he had the vision that this is the way the game is going to go.”
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