He added: “He was a scary manager but scary in the right way. You knew where you stood with him.
“He was fantastic for that group of players in bringing them through.
“He knew how many sisters you had, what school you went to, your mother and father’s names. He sort of took the time to know all that.
“Back then, the gambling side of things wasn’t a taboo like it is today. On a Friday, he would sit and have a look and call me up and say, ‘Can you put that on for me?’
“I was hoping it would win because he would always throw me an extra few quid if it did.”