He told the Daily Express: “Rafa is deploying what I did and that was ‘I’ll change people’s minds’.
“By winning games I’ll get results, I thought. We started OK but then we hit the cartload of injuries and I lost the captain [Stiliyan Petrov with leukaemia], and you don’t get the consistency of selection that you crave.
“It got difficult. Too many draws – 17. We snatched draws from the jaws of victory. That turned the tide a wee bit against myself and there would always have been the noisy minority anyway.”