Good Prospects

Last updated : 04 November 2007 By Editor

"I feel the potential of the team is good. They're young, there's a good desire there, they work hard. Most are tough mentally. You see that with Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez, and Anderson is surprising us all the time. And if you have young ones with that mettle it gives you confidence you're on the right path.

"I'd say the difference with young players now is we do everything for them. The old tradition was the young boys did the boots, washed the manager's car, used to paint the stand. They're not even allowed to brush boots now.

"It's to do with the Academy status but what we've lost is the tradition of when players get a wee bit older they'd say to the apprentices, 'You've never had it so good, in my day...' So, by creating that soft approach or easy approach, you do everything for them. Sixteen-year-old boys - not even allowed to clean their own boots."